7 Reasons You Should Consider Adopting Your Next Pet

7 Reasons You Should Consider Adopting Your Next Pet

Because your best friend is waiting for you.

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In the United States, 44% of households have a dog, and 35% have a cat. That's an average of 50.40 million households. However, only about 30% of cat and dog owners get their pets from a shelter. In this article, I will explain why, and hopefully, convince you to seriously consider adoption.

1. It will save a life

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2.7 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually. The only reason for this is that there is physically not enough room in the shelters to keep them there for extended periods of time. It is speculated that this number would decrease dramatically if people adopted their pets instead of breeding them.

2. Every animal deserves a loving home

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So many animals are in the shelter either because they are lost, neglected, or abused. Pets are too precious for this world therefore deserve all the love from it!

3. They tend to have fewer health problems

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Generally, animals from a breeder can have any myriad of health problems due to consistent linear breeding. Having a "purebred" animal means that only one or two bloodlines were involved in creating favorable offspring, exponentially increasing the changes for said offspring to experience preexisting health conditions as the generations continue.

Shelter pets are typically mutts, so these negative health complications caused by linear breeding are nonexistent. That is not to say that shelter pets don't have health issues all together, but the risk is considerably lower.

4. It may cost you less

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Generally, adoption fees for both cats and dogs is between $15 and $250 based on the breed and age of the animal. Animals from a breeder usually start at $300 and can go as high as $3,000. Additionally, you could save on the cost to spay/neuter your animal, as some older shelter pets that had previous families are returned with the operations already performed. If cost is a deciding factor for you, adopting a shelter pet could be a solution.

5. It helps more than one animal

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Not only do you completely change the life of the animal you adopt, you free up room and resources for the shelter to put towards saving another animal in need.

6. They make great family pets

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Sometimes, if you ask the right questions, you can find an animal that fits your exact needs. Since most shelter pets are older, they often come with some background in a home and are sometimes already trained. This can reduce strain on a family by avoiding the new puppy chaos of constant housebreaking, supervision, walking, expending energy, and more.

7. You'll have a new best friend

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When you get an animal from a breeder, you are starting from scratch. And while that is perfectly fine, adopting a shelter pet can open doors for you both to embark on a journey of friendship. Typically, shelter animals experience some sort of abuse, neglect, inadequate living situations or something similar and have already developed a personality of their own. This means that once they know you are their person and they are comfortable with you, they will begin to open up and share themselves with you, much like people do. This process creates an unbreakable bond of trust and companionship you might not establish otherwise.

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4 Comforting Plants To Brighten Your Dorm

Bring some life into your room!

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As we are now into late February, everyone is ready for spring and sunshine. The gloomy weather throughout the winter time constantly brings down the mood and thinking about the beach seems ions away. Additionally, everyone's stress levels are high and negative things just seem to keep piling up.

Despite rainy or snowy weather, you can still create your room into a space of comfort and calm. Here is a list of low maintenance plants to help light up your home.

This plant will bring fun with its many long leaves. Great for hanging or putting over a tall dresser. It is also easy to upkeep.

1. Succulent

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Succulents come in many various shapes and sizes and are the easiest to maintain. You only need a little water and a dash of love.

2. Aloe

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Comes with its own medicinal uses and easy to maintain. This plant is perfect for bringing calm to your life.

3. Spider Plant

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This plant will bring fun with its many long leaves. Great for hanging or putting over a tall dresser. It is also easy to upkeep.

4. Lucky Bamboo

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Lucky bamboo needs to be put in water but still easy to maintain. It will certainly brighten up your room with its beautiful stalks and hopefully bring some good fortune.

Many of these plants can be purchased at your local Walmart or even Amazon. Hopefully, these plants will bring some comfort to help guide you until spring.

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Getting Through The Last Half Of The Semester As Told By Kelly Clarkson Lyrics

"Let's wake up in the afternoon pretend that we got nothing to do."

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The last 6-7 weeks of the semester as always the hardest to get through. Especially, if you're a senior who will never be back in a classroom after this. Here are some lyrics by Kelly Clarkson that will remind you that you're almost there:

1. "What doesn't kill you makes you STRONGER."

All these last few assignments and tests may feel completely pointless but remember, these things are only getting you one step closer to your diploma.

2. "Wanna feel the warm breeze. Sleep under a palm tree. Feel the rush of the oceanGet onboard a fast train. Travel on an jet plane, far away."

Pretty much everyday during class I just think about all the places I'd rather be. Like on a beach!

3. "No one can hold me back, I ain’t got time for that."

No matter what curve balls your professor throws at you, you don't care and just keep going.

4. "But you pay, you pay for it. You can't win, no."

Even though we pay for it and pay to be here, professors still try to act like we are in high school.

5. "For all I know is nothing's changed. Nothing ever will if I don't leave this place."

We are so burnt out at this point and know that our happiness will only return once these last few weeks are done.

6. "Oh, this is killing me. I need you to see, that somethings gotta change."

When your professor has 3 papers, 2 exams, a group project and whatever else due by the end of the semester...

7.  "Let's wake up in the afternoon pretend that we got nothing to do."

How you feel every morning when trying to get out of bed for class.

8. "Oh, I'm getting tired of believing. Even sicker of pretending. That it's not so bad, just wait it out."

All these years you have told your self that this isn't that bad or that it's almost over. But now that it is almost over your done telling yourself it's not that bad.

9. "Putting up with all the bullshit, it made me strong enough to do this."

Dealing with everything that has caused you to have setbacks or struggle, have only made you prepared to push through this last stretch.

10. "But Since you been gone I can breathe for the first time."

That final day of classes will be the best feeling. No more stress, it's all over.

It's the home stretch, you're almost there. You got this!

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