Owning and Adopting a Pet

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Adopting a pet is good for everyone. You get that soul mate you’ve been pining for, and a pet without a family gets you. But taking on the responsibility of an adopted pet isn’t merely a matter of slapping down the check card for sundry adoption-related expenses and taking home the pet that strikes your fancy at the moment. You’re bringing home a living, breathing, conscious being . . . and not just any conscious being. This animal already has lost a home and needs what animal shelters sometimes call a forever home — a full commitment.

Making Sure You’re Ready to Be a Good Pet Parent

Who wouldn’t want a pet? They’re cute, they’re companionable, they don’t talk back. Then again, you need to feed them, clean up after them, take care of them every single day . . . hey, wait a minute. Are you sure you want a pet? If the people who work and volunteer for animal shelters could change one thing about the world, many of them would make people think much longer and harder about whether they really want a pet in the first place. All too often, people adopt pets only to find they don’t have the time, money, or patience to take care of them properly, and they end up returning the pet to the animal shelter.

Pets = Love
With all this nay-saying, it may sound like the message in this chapter is that you shouldn’t get a pet. Au contraire! Pets are wonderful, and
adopting a pet that needs a home truly is a noble deed. The message in this chapter is really more akin to the message delivered to Boy Scouts: Be prepared. Hundreds of thousands of people successfully keep and enjoy pets, and you can be one of them. If you know what you’re getting into, living with an adopted pet can bring many good things into your life.
Here are a few:
Pets make you healthier: The rumor is true: Pets really do make people healthier. Studies show that pet owners have lower blood pressure and reduced stress, get more exercise, and visit the doctor less often than people who don’t own pets. Consider
adopting a pet to be an investment in your good health and longevity. (You will, of course, return the favor by keeping your pet in good health!)
Pets make you happier: Studies show that people who have pets suffer less often from depression and have greater psychological stability than people who don’t have pets. Less depression means more happiness . . .and how can you fail to be happy when your dog, cat, or even your sociable rat gazes at you with so much interest and adoration?
Pets teach you how to love better: When you take on the responsibility of caring for and nurturing something or someone, you discover a little bit more about love. This affection goes far beyond the extra credibility you get with the opposite gender when they see you walking your dog through

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