Things to consider when adopting a pet
Pets not only offer friendship and comfort, but they offer health benefits as well. According to the CDC, having pets lowers blood pressure, lowers stress, and helps to combat loneliness. Many people with pets also see an increase in their own fitness and socialization. Adopting a pet has the additional benefit of providing a home for an animal in need.
“Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions; they pass no criticisms,” according to novelist George Eliot. Perhaps their uncomplicated companionship is why the adoption of rescue animals saw a significant increase during COVID-19. Time magazine even named rescue animals its 2020 Pet of the Year.
While adopting a pet is noble, there are many factors to consider, and pet ownership should not be taken lightly. Pets are a serious commitment and require both care and love. Do you have the proper space? Do you have the time? Is everyone in your family on board? How much can you afford to spend on a new pet? These are just a few questions you should ask before bringing home a furry friend.
ManyPets compiled a list of nine things to consider when adopting a pet using information from various animal organizations.