Now here’s something to wag your tail about – the majority of Americans believe pets are a valuable addition to their lives. Sixty-eight percent of U.S. households include a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. Dogs are the most common, followed by cats, fish, birds, other small animals, reptiles and horses.
The real estate experts at Coldwell Banker, Triad have a proud tradition of giving back to the communities they serve, and animal welfare is one of the firm’s longstanding interests. That’s why they say, if you don’t have a companion of another species in your home, here are five reasons you should consider adopting one.
1. Save a Life
About 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Another 1.5 million shelter animals a year are euthanized – 670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats that could not be placed. Adopting a pet from a shelter means one more dog or cat gets to live.
2. Live Longer
A 12-year-long Swedish study published last year suggested that owning a dog is linked to a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death. Owning a dog was associated with a 20 percent lower risk of death of any kind, and a 23 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. That’s after controlling for previous cardiovascular disease, marital status, income and other factors known to affect mortality.
3. They’re Loyal Bodyguards
You could surf the internet 24 hours-a-day for weeks and still not get through all the viral tales of animal heroes saving humans. The stray cat in Russia that found an abandoned baby in a trash bin and snuggled against the newborn to keep it warm in freezing temperatures while meowing for help. Dolphins in Germany drew the attention of a boatload of scientists to a suicidal teen who nearly drowned miles from shore. Or the countless tales of domestic animals alerting their humans to fires, intruders and even health threats. Dogs can sense low blood sugar and seizures in time to bark a warning, and cancer researchers are looking into whether their sense of smell can reliably detect tumors.
4. That Psychic Earthquake Thing
There is anecdotal evidence that animals may be able to sense an imminent earthquake. Many pet owners in areas where major quakes have occurred insist their pets behaved strangely ahead of The Big One. According to The Weather Channel, ants, snakes, oarfish, toads and birds have also demonstrated knowledge of temblors hours or even days in advance.
5. Boost Your Morale
Therapy dogs are increasingly used in nursing homes, hospitals and even prisons to cheer up people who are sick, depressed, angry or isolated. Even hardened criminals and Alzheimer’s patients that no longer recognize loved ones often perk up when animals come to visit. Friendly animals have a calming effect and ease loneliness.
Coldwell Banker, Triad urges you to consider adopting a pet if you don’t have one already. Visit CBTriad.com/Home-For-Dogs to find a complete list of local shelters and rescues.
And if you’re considering the sale or purchase of a home, the professionals at Coldwell Banker, Triad can help guide you through the process and make it fast and painless. Visit www.cbtriad.com or call 800-327-4398.