Can a pet help you keep your New Year’s resolutions?

We’re about midway through January, so it’s about the time that well-meaning people (slowly raises hand) start slacking off on those resolutions. Well, for some of us, a good accountability partner is all we need! So, whether you’ve resolved to get in shape or stop sweating the small stuff, let’s talk about how a pet can help you stick to those commitments you made to yourself on January 1.

Creatures of habit

Let’s face it, pets like to do the same thing at the same time every single day. Sure, some of those things can be annoying—like waking us up at 4 a.m. to eat—but these habitual creatures can actually be helpful to keeping us on track. Start a routine of walking your dog every day at the same time and we promise your pet will hold you accountable. What better way to start a habit and stick to it!

They just make you feel good

If learning to relax and “chill out” is a priority, a pet can help! Any animal lover knows that hearing a cat’s purr or stroking a dog’s soft fur just makes you feel good. Did you know there’s actual science behind that? Studies have shown that when we interact with pets, our body releases serotonin, the chemical responsible for feelings of well-being. This also helps reduce feelings of anxiety or depression. According to research, pets also help lower our stress levels and blood pressure, minimizing our chances of having a heart attack.

Meeting that special someone

Need a wingman? Or a conversation starter? Pets are the perfect icebreaker. People love talking about their pets and that topic can be a common denominator in conversations with new people. Bringing your dog with you to a dog park, meet-up or brewery is sure to help spark conversations with fellow dog-lovers. Even volunteering at the Dumb Friends League can be a great way to meet someone new—we even had two volunteers get married after meeting here!

Need a pet to help you stick to your resolutions all year long? Visit our adoptions page to see all pets waiting for new homes.