Why You Need a Shelter Pet in Your Life

From keeping you healthy to cheering you up on a bad day, a shelter pet is waiting to be your best friend.

Let’s be honest, this past year has been stressful and lonely. We could all use a little more joy in our lives and a great way to get some is by adopting a new furry friend—if that’s something that would fit into your lifestyle.

Imagine a built-in bestie that you can hang out with without putting on a mask. IndyHumane has so many sweet dogs and cats who can’t wait to be your work from home co-worker or to curl up with you and watch hours of Netflix.

Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned pet owner, here’s why you should consider adopting a shelter pet.

They’ll Keep You Healthy

Pets can help you form healthy habits like going on regular walks and getting outside–which we could all use these days, even in the chilly temps. Playing with pets as also been shown to decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

Then there’s the whole emotional-health component. Their companionship can help with loneliness, depression, and even lower your stress levels. Not to mention they’re so cute, just looking at them will send you a flood of endorphins. 

They Need You, Too

Around 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats enter shelters each year. IndyHumane helped 2,850 of those animals find homes in 2020. Adopting a shelter pet not only gives that animal a better life, it allows another to take their place in the shelter. You’ll be

improving two lives! 

They’ll Save You Money

Shelter pets are often already spayed or neutered, have received their vaccines, and sometimes, have been trained. All IndyHumane animals are spayed and neutered prior to adoption. This will help you with some of the upfront costs of adopting a pet. 

They’re Entertaining

Instead of scouring the internet for cute videos of pets or watching Bunny from TikTok, you’ll be able make your own with your new pet. From chasing their tails to sneaking food off the table, there will be no shortage of entertaining moments with a shelter pet. 

You Could Qualify For A Special Program 

IndyHumane offers up to a $50 discount to seniors 60 and older who adopt a shelter pet. They also waive adoption fees for some animals for veterans and active-duty members who sign up with Vets Adopting Pets.

How To Get Your Pet

All IndyHumane services are by appointment due to COVID-19. You can visit their adoptable dogs or cats page to see the available animals. You can also fill out an online application for a specific animal on their animal profile page. 

Still not convinced? Visit IndyHumane’s happy tails page to hear how shelter pets have impacted the lives of other families in Indianapolis.

These animals are ready to love you unconditionally, so consider adopting a shelter pet. 

The three dogs featured in this story have been at IndyHumane the longest and are ready to be adopted. You can learn more about these pups here. 

Ellie Allen is Indy Maven’s Editorial Intern. 

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