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There are many benefits to being around pets. In fact, researchers have found that people who have pets are likely to live longer than those who don’t. One reason for this might be because being around a pet can reduce stress in your life, and even help people combat depression.
Animals can also benefit from the human-animal relationship. Homeless or abandoned animals that live in shelters often have trouble coping because they are lonely. Even if you don’t have the means to adopt a pet, you can still comfort an animal at a shelter, while relaxing and reviving yourself from the stress in your own life.
Like all nonprofit organizations, animal shelters greatly depend on help from volunteers to be able to operate. Without volunteers, animal shelters wouldn’t be able to do all the work they do, which might mean more animals would have to be euthanized. Even just an hour a month will make a difference.
Add visiting your local animal shelter to your weekly to-do list. Volunteer to walk or play with dogs, help cleaning cages and feeding the animals, or provide fundraising or administrative support.
Take a day to visit an animal shelter in your community. Make some new friends –four-legged and two-legged– by bringing treats for the animals and the staff.
You might not be able to adopt a pet but you can help and make a difference. Helping your local shelter can be as simple as volunteering to play with the kittens and cats for an hour. They are happier and easier to adopt with human interaction. If you feel closer to dogs call your local rescue group. They may need someone to help for a couple of hours on their adoption days. So little can mean so much.
Posted 11 months ago by Wendy Taylor from Summit, NJ
i think it is amazing
Posted 9 months ago by mahalia from new zealand
That is such a cute baby cat. I would love to have a pet someday. But instead of wasting money on buying a pet, you could just go to an animal shelter and play with those animals for FREE!
Posted 6 months ago by Awesome Person from Earth
i wish i could do this but i have no really been given the opportunity to do so and i have no idea where to find an animal shelter but i would love to make these animals feel special and make that small change.
Posted 5 months ago by i-smile from england
Awesome Person from Earth - I politely disagree with you on one point. It is NEVER wasted money when buying a loving pet. I also encourage others to (if it is okayed by the personnel) bring a pet to a senior care. They also find it very satisfying.
Posted 4 months ago by Ariel from Wisconsin
This is a great idea. the school I attend is goin to do that.
Posted 4 months ago by Kia from IL
i have to do this... it puts me on pain to see animals suffer
Posted 4 months ago by lukas from seattle,washington
i wiilll visit an animal shelter asap
Posted 4 months ago by yello bannanazz crazy from seattle,washington
i want to volunteer at my local animal shelter i have gone there before and played with the dogs and cats i took the dogs for a walk and played with the cats in the cat playing room it was a nice experience
Posted 3 months ago by christina lindsey from local animal shelter
I love this idea. I once went to an animal shelter with my Girl Scouts and walked the dogs and played with them. I love animals I have a dog and I love him so much and he sleeps on my bed every night. So I'm definetly going to an animal shelter at least 3 times a week.
Posted about 1 month ago by Imma-boss from Northwest Middle in WInston Salem NC