Why Adopt a Family Pet

Not everyone likes pets. It’s a plain and simple fact. As parents we’re often faced with difficult choices when it comes to our children. Almost every child begs for a puppy, kitten or another type of pet at some point in their lives. Should you give in? Let me tell you why I think you should adopt a family pet.

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Why Adopt a Family Pet? Well, there are many good reasons! Let’s talk about a few of them and then get serious about the impact of having a pet in your family life. Caring for an animal teaches children unconditional love and real life responsibilities. Pets can get you through difficult times and adopting from a local shelter is a great thing to do! 🙂 

Positive Impact of Pets

Family pets can have a positive impact, especially during difficult times. My 9 year old son, Zach was being bullied by a couple kids in school. He became very introverted and isolated.

The only “friend” he spent time with was our dog Bailey. She’s a sweet, loving 12 year old Jack Russell Terrier. Zach spent a significant amount of time with Bailey during that rough patch. She was always by his side. Zach got through his hard times and developed a life-long bond with our family pet. It’s something I’ll never forget.

Why Adopt?

Offering a homeless pet a chance at a new life is an incredible act of kindness. Shelters are filled with great pets that need families. Before you buy, consider adopting! I did and will never forget it…

As a teenager, I dearly wanted a pet. My mother agreed to let me adopt a kitten from the local shelter, so I jumped at the chance. At the shelter, I walked into a room filled with cages packed full of cats and kittens. It literally made my eyes well with tears knowing I could only take one home. They were all so adorable, but a sweet little tabby caught my eye. She walked to the front of the cage, gently licked my finger and mewed at me. I knew she was the one I wanted. She was my Daisy.

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I saved Daisy’s life that day. Knowing that brings joy to my heart. She was the most loyal, loving cat I’ve ever known. Adopting from a shelter is the right thing to do. There are so many wonderful animals in need of good homes. Save a life and your new family pet will be forever grateful.

Things to Remember

Adopting a pet is a life-long commitment. If you’re not ready to fully invest in a pet, you shouldn’t get one. There are many different types of pets with different levels of commitment. I think there’s a “right pet” for just about every family.

Decisions, Decisions

All pets come with pro’s and con’s. If you’re considering getting a pet, you should think about your lifestyle and what type of pet would work best for your family. If you travel regularly, having a dog or cat will be difficult. These pets require pet sitters, which can get expensive. If you enjoy an active home life, a dog may be the perfect fit. It’s really up to you to decide.

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If you’re simply not a “pet person” and don’t think you can devote adequate time, you shouldn’t let your children push you into getting one.  In the end, you’re the one who’s responsible for the care of a pet. Sure, your child can help but you will likely end up being the primary caregiver.

Final Thoughts

A pet can bring joy and love to a family. They can be friends and companions during difficult times. There are many things to consider before choosing a pet and adopting from a local shelter is a great idea. Give the gift of life to a pet in a shelter and he or she will be forever grateful. Find a friend for life with a family pet.

Nicole

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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  1. I love the dog in the tub with all of the bubbles! So cute! We have adopted shelter pets and they are wonderful family members for all of us. Providing love, comfort, protection and much help when times get tough.

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    • I’m so happy we captured that moment Lea! Our dog Bailey doesn’t like taking a bath, but she tolerates it with the kiddos. Shelter pets are truly the best!

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  2. I’m a pet lover myself. I have dogs and we considered them as part of the family. I see no reason why you wouldn’t adopt a pet. Yes, I agree with your statement that they can be the best companion. In fact, they are more compassionate than a person. They know when you’re happy and sad. That’s the best thing about them and that’s enough reason why you should want them at home. I can see that your kids love their pet dog and consider them as a real friend.

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    • Aww! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. The doggy in the picture was our beloved Bailey girl. She died this past summer of metastatic cancer. It was truly heart breaking. After she passed, I felt compelled to rescue another doggy from a shelter. We found our perfect companion who has been a lifesaver for my truly broken heart. He is so sweet and loving. I agree with you 100%, they are far more compassionate than people and rescuing a pet that needs a home is such a kind thing to do! 🙂

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