This month is all about pets, big, small, furry or otherwise! There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. Most households in the United States have at least one pet. Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. In the spirit of national pet month, here’s some things we can do to pay it forward to all those wonderful pets with or without forever homes!
How we can help our pets of all kinds:
Adopt: The best way to help a pet waiting for a forever home? Be that forever home! If you are looking to add a pet to your family, please consider adopting through your local shelter or rescue. You will get a lifelong friend in return!
Donate: Every bit counts! If you are not able to donate funds, you can always donate time, skills, or supplies!
Educate: The best way to end pet homelessness is to help others understand the problem. Sharing articles on social media, writing a letter to the editor of your local paper, and volunteering at adoption events are all effective ways to make your voice heard and to spread the message in your community!
Train: Are you a master at teaching your pup to sit, lie down, or stay? Consider sharing your expertise and skills at a rescue or shelter. Knowledge of basic commands can help many dogs to be more adoptable!
Play: Who doesn’t love a little one on one attention? Playing with sheltered cats or dogs will help socialize them more quickly, making them likely to find forever homes.
Foster: Not sure you have the time or resources to dedicate to permanently homing a pet? You can foster a pet temporarily until the right forever home is found. It’s a great way to give back, as well as an opportunity to see what having a pet would be like on a daily basis before you make a commitment.
Volunteer: Volunteers are essential to helping shelters and rescue groups achieve their mission of finding forever homes for pets. Just a few hours a month will make a huge difference!
At D'Tails, we are committed to doing as much as we can to help our animal friends. Grooming is also an important part of taking care of your pet, and we would love to see you and your pet! We thank you for your support of our business, and for sharing the love of dogs and pets.