If there’s one thing the Internet has taught us, it’s that dogs and cats are adorable. It doesn’t take too many YouTube videos to start seriously considering finding a dog or cat to call your own.
If you are contemplating adopting a pet but aren’t yet completely sure, read on to find out why adopting a dog or cat will make your life, and their life, better.
Why Should You Adopt a Dog or Cat?
1. You get a new best friend.
The best thing about having a pet is that they love you unconditionally, they are always there for you, and they are always available to keep you company. What more could you ask for in a best friend?
2. You get an excuse to have playtime.
Life can get busy, and it’s easy to forget to stop and enjoy yourself once in a while. Your pet, however, never forgets, so you get the perfect excuse to take time for a long walk, a game of fetch, or a romp in the house with their favorite toy.
3. You’ll always have a cuddle buddy.
On rainy days or sunny days, your dog or cat won’t mind snuggling up on the couch or your bed for some quality cuddle time. And, they will watch any movie you want without complaint.
4. You’ll get an instant mood boost.
Why are Internet videos of dogs and cats so popular? Because dogs and cats are adorable. By adopting a pet, you won’t need an Internet photo stream of puppies or kittens to smile—all you’ll have to do is look at yours.
5. You’ll give a pet a home.
When you adopt a dog or cat, you’re not only giving a forever home to a shelter animal, but you’re freeing up a spot for a homeless animal somewhere else who can now be rescued. It’s a win-win!
6. Pets can be great for kids.
If you have children, adopting a pet can be a great way to not only teach them the value of adoption, but to teach them responsibility and how to care for another living being. Pets are also a great way to encourage exercise and outdoor activity.
Adopting a dog or cat is a big decision, but bringing a new pet into your home is a rewarding and exciting experience. Before considering adoption, do some research to figure out the best breed for your home and lifestyle so you can truly provide a loving, forever home to a shelter pet in need.