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Why Adding a Family Pet Can Be the Best Decision of Your Life

Getting a family pet is an amazing experience not just for growing children, but also for older family members. There are many animals to choose from, not just dogs and cats. Find your family’s perfect match!

Thinking of adding a pet to your family?

Here are 10 reasons why adopting a new family member is the best life decision you’ll ever make.

Why Adding a Family Pet Can Be the Best Decision of Your Life

Getting a New Pet Means Saving a Life

Every year, millions of pets, from dogs to rabbits, get euthanized and abandoned in animal shelters all over the world.

The number of these sad stories would be lessened if more people chose to adopt.

When you adopt, you’re saving the life of a beautiful animal by making them part of your family.

Pets Provide Unconditional Love and Friendship

Unconditional love and friendship are probably the best perks of pet ownership.

There is nothing like being welcomed by a warm animal companion every day after work.

You will always have a best friend, snuggle companion, and walking buddy on hand, anytime you need it.

All Pets are Good for our Overall Health

Pets give not just unconditional love, but also major improvements to our physical, emotional, and psychological health.

Caring for animals offers fulfillment and a sense of purpose.

It opens doors for happiness!

You can also feel proud about helping a creature in need.

Family holding hands and running with their dog

Family Pets Nurture Family Unity

A pet is everyone’s responsibility. When it comes to making decisions regarding family pets, everyone can pitch in, not just mom and dad.

There are even roles for small children in the family routine of feeding and caring for a pet.

It’s a brilliant way to bond as a family.

Even the fun process of deciding on what type of animal the family should adopt can be an exciting bonding experience.

Why not head to the nearest shelter or breeding facility together?!

Pets Help Us Live a Healthier Lifestyle

In this day and age, our lifestyles are becoming lazier and more and more sedentary.

With pets, there’s more reason for us to explore the great outdoors.

Having a dog that requires a considerable amount of exercise will get you outside at least two times a day.

It’s a mutually beneficial activity.

Dogs, as well as other kinds of animals, are easy to merge into an already active family.

Some pet owners even hike with their cats!

Little boy with his gray-striped cat

Pets Help Fight Off Allergies

It’s true! Despite the popularity of movies and TV shows where pet owners break out into uncontrollable sneezing each time there’s a furry animal in the room, they can actually help fight allergies.

Kids who are exposed to allergens usually develop stronger immune systems.

Even if you’re already an adult, you can boost your immune system by allowing yourself to be exposed to allergens for a certain period.

Help your entire family fight off their sensitivities!

Pets Can Improve Your Mood

Owning pets can help reduce stress, and anxiety levels, and improve your mood.

According to research, spending time with animal friends can increase the level of oxytocin, or love hormone, in your body.

This hormone increases your overall mood and boosts the close relationship between you and your furry friend.

The human-animal interaction is a win-win situation for all family members.

Pets Can Help You and Your Family Members Make New Friends

There are tons of shared activities reserved for pet owners, from charitable events to communal walks.

For many of us, meeting new friends can be difficult, but with pets, it can become easier.

They are great icebreakers and can be the catalyst for social interactions.

If you own a dog or a cat, you might find strangers approaching you to ask about them.

Small boy with a large brown dog

Caring for Pets can Help you Develop New Exciting Interests

Pets can expose you to new interests and activities.

For instance, several hospitals and organizations seek owners who are willing to volunteer their pets to spend time with patients.

This is not only for dog owners!

Even larger farm animals like alpacas and llamas, as long as they are gentle and calm, can make people smile and feel better.

Pets Help us be more Selfless

When you and your family members develop a strong bond with your pets, you will drop everything to help them, most especially if they need medical attention.

As pet parents, we understand that the survival and happiness of our animal friends are solely in our hands.

Caring for them teaches us to be more selfless, loving, and generous.

Pets Make Us Laugh!

Never underestimate the power of laughter. It is indeed, strong medicine.

Even just a few seconds of laughter from a goofy beloved animal can protect you and your family from the damaging impact of stress.

In the end, you have to ask yourself this question.

Do I want a family member who’s going to be there for me and love me unconditionally?

If so, then getting a pet is the best decision of your life.


Monday 13th of November 2023

Dogs are awesome, and I can't imagine ever having one! We want to be a one dog family, but always end up with two. lol


Monday 13th of November 2023

I love my cat and would be lost without her. Thanks for sharing.


Saturday 11th of November 2023

Would love to add another to my family but I have a super senior and 2 seniors - I don't think it would be fair to them at the moment

Marisela Zuniga

Wednesday 8th of November 2023

Great tips, thanks for sharing

Debbie P

Monday 6th of November 2023

I agree 100%.

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