Adopt a shelter dog – what to expect

Adopt a shelter dog Ted

So, you’re thinking that you should adopt a shelter dog. That’s a great idea! You can definitely expect a few things when you adopt:

  • Loyalty
  • Love
  • Endless entertainment

And all of that is really awesome. As it turns out, there are a lot of other great benefits of adopting a shelter dog.

Health benefits when you adopt a shelter dog

For one, did you know that people who own pets show decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides? That’s right, your pup can do more than fetch a ball—he or she can help keep your heart healthy!

A lot of those benefits are actually thought to stem from the fact that owning a dog can help lower your overall stress level. When you spend time with pets, you produce more serotonin—a chemical that boosts feelings of well-being in your brain.

This is why many airports are now using pets to help calm anxious passengers, including our own Denver International Airport. It’s also why there are many programs in which pets visit with residents of nursing homes and hospitals: it’s hard to be downbeat when there’s a happy dog at your side wagging its tail, so happy to see you!

Lifestyle benefits

A shelter dog can also help promote a healthy lifestyle overall. Daily walks provide much-needed activity, and studies show that pet owners who are responsible for walking their dogs are less likely to be obese.

Not to mention that dogs are a great icebreaker! It’s easy to strike up a conversation with new people when a dog is involved.

And, in case you think that dogs that end up in shelters are here because they didn’t make good pets, that’s definitely not true. The majority of pets in our care are brought to us for “people reasons”—the owner is moving, their landlord won’t allow pets, someone in the family has allergies or changing circumstances mean they no longer have the time or resources to care for a pet.

Put simply: a shelter dog will be every bit as loving, loyal and trainable as a purchased pet.

So what are you waiting for? Adopt a shelter dog today!