Furry Friend Friday
Whether it's your large Great Dane, perfectly coiffed poodle or tiny Chihuahua, pets are welcome in many offices that celebrate the 15th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day on Friday. But what about those who don’t have a pet pooch to tag along?
Well you’re in luck, because the summer is the perfect time to adopt a furry friend. Not saying that you should go and adopt a dog just to bring them to work for one day, but instead, use this holiday to really consider providing a foster animal a loving home.
Five Great Reasons to Adopt a Pet
1. Provide your family with a loving friend
I adopted my dog Daisy 14 years ago and nothing would make me happier than coming home from school and being greeted by her loving face. Having her company while doing homework or seeing her at my father's feet every morning when he reads the newspaper (yes, some people still read a newspaper) are just a couple signs of her love and loyalty.
2. A Sense of Security
I know that whenever my father is out of town, my mom and I get real a sense of security with our “guard dog.” She warns us of anyone coming to the door and is our own little safety blanket and great feeling of comfort.
3. Company for Senior Citizens
Just last year my grandmother adopted two kittens from a local shelter for some companionship around her condo. They provide her entertainment with their playing during the day and are very easy to care for with their litter boxes and no need to go outside. She also loves when they snuggle up next to her when she’s reading or going to sleep.
4. A Workout Buddy
Why go for your run around Memorial Park alone when you could bring your active other half? If you like spending time outside and would love the company, a puppy and tennis ball are the perfect pair for summer afternoons in Houston.
5. Give an Animal in Need a Loving Home
Above all, the best thing about adopting is that you will be saving an innocent animal’s life. Being able to give them a warm, comforting place to sleep, nourishing them and seeing them live a happy life is a reward within itself.
Serious Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Adopt:
- What kind of lifestyle do I lead? Do you travel often? Work late hours? Remember that animals require constant care and patience. Do you have the time and effort to handle the attention and love they need?
- Can I afford a pet? Owning a pet is not only an emotional investment but a financial one as well. Think about the expenses of food, veterinary care, grooming, flea and tick prevention and any kind of boarding that will come out of your wallet. This could add up to $500 or more per year.
- Am I ready for a long-term commitment? Remember that this isn’t just a seasonal thing. Adopting a pet is a promise to love and care for another living being for up for 16 years. Also consider that when adopting a puppy, you may have to make an even deeper obligation in regard to potty and obedience training.
Did we miss any adoption shelters that have made a difference in your life? Please add them in the comments below!