Pet Benefits

It is without a doubt that pets have positive impacts on pets. In fact, did you know that owning a pet can boost your overall health and self-esteem? According to National Center for Health Research, owning a pet has many physical and mental benefits.

  1. Lower blood pressure
    Animals have the ability to relax and ease humans as they bring forth feelings of companionship. Those with pets are reported to have lower blood pressures and heart rates.
  1. Ease anxiety, Higher self-esteem and social development
    An environment where the child grows up with the pet is highly beneficial. Children who have pets generally experience less anxiety and are more comfortable in social situations.
  1. Keeps you active
    Dogs are always on the move and wanting to explore. Having a dog keeps you active because you need to be actively physically playing with them and walking them. A daily walk is not only good for your dog, but for you too!

Those listed above are just a few of the benefits, but there are hundreds of great reasons to own your very own furry friend!

Watch the video below to learn how pets make humans healthier!


If you’re thinking of owning a pet, visit your local animal shelter for more information. 


Dog of the month: Matt & Holly

Meet Holly.

Holly is a purebred miniature American Eskimo. She’s currently 13 years old and without a doubt has she changed the life of Matt (pictured below).

Matt and Holly have many memories shared together. When I asked Matt what memory stood out the most, he said it was simply coming home from school and seeing her wait at the door, eager to greet him hello.

Holly was his first dog, and his first pet. Matt learned many valuable lessons growing up and training Holly. He learned that with any pet, comes responsibility. He recalls a time where he forgot to take Holly out before going to bed, and woke up to find a nice little surprise waiting for him (if you get what I mean).

Matt’s one tip for new dog owners is to be consistent. Consistent with their food, sleep, and potty schedule. Sticking to a schedule will allow your pet to get into a routine and become more easily trained.

Growing up, Matt was a shy kid and having Holly as his best friend allowed him to be more comfortable and engaging around others. Matt says “I bet Holly doesn’t even know it, but she’s my best friend”.

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