October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and both the Globe University’s veterinary technology department and local pet wellness shop, Pet Evolution in Woodbury both have something to say about why you should adopt a dog or a cat.
They Need You: Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats), according to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt.
“We could reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanized each year if we promote humane societies and rescue shelters alike, resulting in higher adopting opportunities,” said Jenna Goveronski, Globe University-Woodbury Veterinary Technology Externship Coordinator.
They Are Good for Your Health: “Owning a pet is good for you physically, mentally and emotionally,” said Globe University-Woodbury Veterinary Technology Executive Program Chair, Nicole Nieman.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. The findings showed that pet owner’s exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels — all of which can ultimately minimize their risk for having a heart attack, according to an article on Animal Planet.
It Feels Good: Helping others, especially helping those who are helpless like dogs and cats, just feels good.
According to Live Science, when you do something good your brain’s pleasure centers light up, releasing endorphin and producing a high called ‘helpers high.’
Adopting a pet is not something everyone can do. Therefore, taking the big step and helping or giving an animal a good home will feel good.
Every Animal Deserves a Great Home: With your help, we have saved the lives of more than 3,000 animals that have found their loving forever homes, according to Pet Evolution co-owner Rian Thiele.
Go out and adopt a dog or cat in honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.