As 2022 approaches you might be surprised to learn adding animals into your life can help those new goals and intentions you set for the new year! Things like adding a furry friend to your family, volunteering with homeless animals, or fostering kittens or puppies as they prepare for their forever home all have great benefits. Plus, you’ll be helping the animals in our community.
Reduce stress – Had a bad day at work or school? Imagine coming home to your adorable best friend who can’t wait to see you! Your pet promises to love you unconditionally, plus, cuddling with an animal can have a calming effect, reducing blood pressure and relieving stress.
Weight loss – Together, you and your pet can improve your health by increasing physical activity all while strengthening your bond. Regular exercise burns more calories, reduces appetite, changes body composition, and will increase your resting metabolic rate. Great benefits for you and your pet!
Sleep better – Having a pet in your home can provide a sense of security and reduce feelings of stress, allowing better rest.
Socialize more – Take your pet on an adventure by going to a local dog park, out on a hike, or to a community pet-friendly event. Or consider volunteering at Greenhill where you can cuddle with cute animals and meet like-minded people.
Get crafty – Try making your pet some delicious, healthy homemade treats or collect household items to make the perfect new toy or bedding.
Having a four-legged animal in your life can bring so much joy and help create new healthy habits!
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