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Adopting a shelter pet is love at first sight


February 7, 2019

Dani Hemmat

Trusty companions Tootie, Reuben and Betty—all shelter adoptees, all loved, all worth it.

A pet adds a dimension of happiness to a household that is unique, as any pet owner knows. Many folks don’t realize that pets add more than play and snuggles to our lives. They benefit us in ways that far outweigh their care and cost. Studies show that pet ownership lowers blood pressure, fights off depression, lowers risk of heart attack, promotes longevity and speeds recovery from illness.

Caring for a pet also teaches compassion and responsibility to kids, and encourages exercise, play and social interaction. And any pet owner can tell you that nothing beats that unconditional love an...

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