Adopt-A-Dog Month

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month. According to the ASPCA, 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and about 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60% of dogs and 70% of cats).

There are many benefits to having pets. Personally, I think it’s great to have loyal dogs that I know are in my corner, even if I have just reprimanded them for jumping, stealing things from my purse, etc. I don’t know what life is like without a dog; my family has always had one since before I was born. I’m glad I don’t know what life is like without them. Sure, there are messes to clean; there’s money to put out for food, vet visits, etc.; and you can’t stay at happy hour for six hours if you have to get home and feed them, let them out, walk them, etc.; however, there is also is an abundance of love that you just cannot find anywhere else.

The Centers for Disease Control agrees that pets are good for you. According to the agency, pets can help decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and feelings of loneliness, and can increase opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities and for socialization.

And are pets good for children? I believe that they are. I think having a pet can teach about compassion, love, and loyalty; can help teach a sense of responsibility; and/or can help teach the importance of exercise, just to name a few perks. There are even studies that have come out in the past few years that show that reading to a dog can help children learn how to read. (I may actually address this point in more detail in an upcoming newsletter.) Studies also have started to show that pets can help build children’s immune systems.

I know many people who have companion pets. Some have gotten them through breeders or stores, some have adopted, and some have gotten a puppy or kitten from a litter of someone they know. I certainly would never judge the way that someone gets a dog or cat, because it’s a personal decision as to why you would choose a shelter over a dog store over a breeder over a neighbor’s litter, etc. Only you know what is right for you and your family. But after seeing that more than half of the animals in shelters are euthanized, would you consider adoption if you are thinking about getting a pet?

So, until next time…

One Response to “Adopt-A-Dog Month”

  1. Nancy Alia October 23, 2012 4:11 pm #

    We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your book! Such a great way to ‘teach’ little ones about a new pet (or sibling or grandparent, for that matter!) coming into your home (your space). We really look forward to the next adventure of Nico & Tugger. I bought four copies of the book for gifts……..and one for me!

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