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Fostering Pets Can Help
Considering adopting or fostering a pet? Now is the perfect time to put the wheels in motion and offer a much-needed pet a forever home.
“There are many pets in dire need of a home,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “With the current situation and people being home-bound, now is a perfect time to consider adopting or fostering a pet.”
Understandably, many shelters across Australia are unable to operate as per normal. Only able to have skeleton staff to look after the care and welfare of the pets in their care. Many are calling on Australians to consider opening their homes to help love and care for these abandoned pets.
“Not only is this a great thing for the shelter pets, it’s also wonderful for Australian households,” Crighton says. “It’s common knowledge that pets can offer us unconditional love and happiness, but they can also scientifically offer us much more.”
That’s right! Your humble hound or curious cat can actually help get you through this tough time.
The real benefits of pets;
- Dog owners have shown to have a lower risk of suffering from strokes and heart failure.
- Patting a dog or cat can reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
- Pain reduction.
- Reduced anxiety and depression.
- Increase in self-esteem and social skills.
- Increase in motor-skills.
- Decrease in feelings of isolation and aloneness.
- Can help increase mobility and fitness.
“Many of us can attest to many of these feelings in the current climate we are all living in,” Crighton says. “Having a pet can actually help get us through these incredibly tough times.”
They are also wonderful for children and provide a fun and entertaining distraction during difficult times. The science behind the emotional benefits of owning a pet are vast.
“I think many pet owners will be noting how comforting and important being around their pet is,” Crighton says. “On a personal note, being around my pets is offering me a huge sense of relief and a good reason to smile.”
Pet friendly workplaces have been on the rise for years and are expected to boom in the coming years.
“Our pets can get us through, if you have ever considered adopting or fostering, now could be the perfect time to add a fluff and fur into your life,” Crighton says. “Get in touch with your local shelter and find out how you can help offer a pet a forever home.”
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