When you adopt a pet, it not only enters your home but also your heart. The love and attention we give our furbaby produces positive benefits to us. A pet brings many gifts/rewards into our lives. I’d like to reflect on these gifts our animal companions bring to our lives throughout the years.
10 Gifts Our Pets Give Us
Our pets stay connected to us no matter how bad we feel or behave. They’re right beside us every step of the way, every minute of the day. During those times when we feel ignored and disengaged from the world, our pets offer unconditional connectedness. Animals help us connect and interact with others. Pets help calm and focus children with autism.
Close, connected relationships evolve from clear, consistent communication. When communication is untrustworthy or used in a harmful way, the relationship breaks down.Our pets “talk” to us constantly through their body language and behavior. It’s our job to learn the language they speak, and to communicate clearly to them what we expect and appreciate about their behavior.
5. A life in balance
Our animal companions are at their best when we provide them with consistency in the form of healthy nourishment, daily exercise, structure to their daily routine, and lots of love. These are the “simple things in life” that are the foundation for a balanced, less stressful, and more joyful existence.
Want Even More Joy?
There are countless benefits to pet ownership, and when you know you saved your furry companion from an unpleasant fate, it makes the bond you share that much more meaningful.
If you’re not in a position to provide a permanent home for a pet, but are interested in making a real hands-on difference in the lives of homeless pets, there are many ways to help, depending on your time, resources, and talents.
Many people volunteer at their local animal shelter for a certain number of hours each week or month, while others have pets in need come to them, by serving as foster families for animals awaiting adoption.
Pets are fostered for lots of different reasons, including:
- An overflowing shelter
- An animal with special needs – she might be pregnant or nursing, or recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery
- A kitten or puppy still too young to be adopted
- A pet showing significant stress-related behavior (pacing or hiding, for instance)
- An animal who has never lived in a home or had much contact with people who needs to be socialized to a home environment
Fostering triggers a positive domino effect. The more people willing to open their homes to foster pets, the more pets local shelters can accommodate — and for longer periods.
This gives each animal the best shot at finding a new home.