How Pets Can Change your Life
01 Aug 2016
Sometimes, we just need a furry friend. Here, 6 reasons why adopting a pet could brighten your life.
1. THE PERFECT COMPANION
Pets listen, they never argue, they mostly like to cuddle and of course, they look up to you! When you come home tired from a big day, there they are - just waiting for your sweet embrace. They demand your attention with those charming eyes yet are always patient, and those paws...paw-five?
2. YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Recent studies indicate that having a pet can relieve stress, elevate your mood and significantly motivate a positive state of mind. Apparently, having a pet near you can regulate your responses when faced with a potentially challenging situation.
They need you. Just like humans, animals also need attention and affection. By providing a safe shelter for an animal that needs it most, you're not only bound to change their lives, but yours too. The more time you spend together and the longer you become their owner, the deeper you build a certain attachment that's hard to let go of.
4. KEEPING YOU FIT
Some pets are lower maintenance than others, though it's fair to say that all pets require effort. But the awesome part? They keep you active! Whether cleaning after them, feeding or giving them a much needed clean, you'll be running after each other! So when you go for an afternoon stroll, now you can take your furry friend with you!
5. MAKING YOU A BETTER PAWSON
Having a pet means being responsible for another being, which helps you to be more caring, more affectionate and even more empathetic. In such a fast-paced world, it's a lot easier to become self-absorbed and disconnected from nature and so, looking after an animal can inherently bring or keep us down to earth.
6. GREAT VALUE
When you adopt, not only do you change the life of an animal in desperate need of a safe home, but you also save yourself a lot of money. Typically when you buy from a pet adoption centre, your animal is already desexed and the initial vaccination and microchipping are often included in the cost price. This also assures a more personal experience when returning for your pets checkups in future - all for great value!
Ready to add another member to the family? At Port Adelaide Plaza's newly opened pet haven, AWL (Animal Welfare League of South Australia) Pet Adoption Centre, open Monday to Saturday from 10am-2pm, you'll be able to view, meet and greet many animals in need of a loving home.
Paw to it!