Adopting Pets and Human Wellness

I love animals. There is such a simplistic joy, unconditional love and furry companionship when a pet is in the home. While one might be tempted to visit a pet store or breeder, consider the heartwarming option of rescuing a pet from a shelter or adopting one from a rescue organization. That is what I did, and without a doubt, the best choice for the family and kitty. Though I do ponder, who rescued who? Did we rescue a cat or did the cat rescue us?

Having A Pet Saves Lives:

When you rescue a pet, you are offering a second chance to an animal in need. And many times, the pet also saves the life of the human who adopted.
Since shelters and rescue organizations are often overcrowded, by adopting, you help alleviate this burden and give a loving home to an animal that might otherwise face euthanasia or being stuck in the shelter.

Unconditional Love and Companionship:

Pets have an incredible ability to provide unwavering love and companionship. Whether you are coming home after a long day or facing life’s challenges, your rescue pet will be there with a wagging tail or a soothing purr, offering comfort and emotional support. Often times, you may strike up a conversation with your furry companion, and that is normal and healthy.

Mental Health Thrives:

The mental health of the human and pet thrive! Every living being deserves to be loved, appreciated, and valued, and when you can offer that to a pet, they can offer that love back to you. Hence, “who recused who?” comes into play.
The companionship of a pet can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression of you and the pet, leading to an overall improved sense of well-being for everyone!

Increased Physical Activity:

Owning a pet encourages physical activity especially if you have a dog. From taking your dog for a daily walk or engaging in playtime with your cat, you will find yourself more active, which can lead to better physical health and happiness for everyone!

Sense of Purpose:

Rescuing a pet can provide a sense of purpose and responsibility. Caring for an animal’s well-being and providing a loving home can boost your self-esteem and give you a fulfilling sense of accomplishment. Heck, even the pet’s self-esteem gets a boost!

Teaching Compassion:

Rescuing a pet can be a valuable lesson in compassion, especially for children. It teaches them the importance of caring for and helping those in need, fostering empathy and kindness. This is key!

Remember, the bond you share with your rescue pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life.

Rescuing a pet is a compassionate choice that not only transforms the life of an animal in need but also enriches your own life in countless ways. From the joy of companionship to the positive impact on mental and physical health, adopting a pet is a decision that can bring happiness and fulfillment to you, your family and most of all, your new furry friend. So, the next time you are considering adding a pet to your family, remember the wonderful benefits of rescue and adoption.

Mindfully curated by Debra Gudema for Well&Co.

📸: Debra Gudema

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