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Each family has its own unique dynamic, yet nearly 50% of American households own pets. However, there are many people who are hesitant to add an animal to their family. Due to the fear of expenses, allergies, the pet’s personality, and more, millions of dogs and cats are left without a home. Although these are valid concerns, there are simple solutions; plus, pets produce far more benefit for a family than stress.

In my household, I have two brothers, two parents, and three pets. First there’s Houston, a 10 year old short-haired cat. In 2011, Houston developed a tumor and had to get one of his back legs amputated. However, Houston lives a normal life and spends a large amount of time exploring outside. Even though dogs and cats can be financially demanding, there are several health benefits for owning pets. According to Animal Planet, living with dogs or cats can increase or improve exercise, mental/emotional health, and can even lower the risk to many cardiovascular complications.

Along with Houston, my family has 2 dogs. Tucker, a 1½  year old yorkie-poodle-schnauzer mix, was welcomed to my family in late 2014. Tucker is a smart, timid, and athletic dog; perfect for a loving family that is willing to exercise with him. However, in my household, some of my family members have pet allergies. For those who love animals but are allergic, you could adopt a hypoallergenic pet (like Tucker), which means that they will not trigger any allergic reactions. Although Tucker is shy around strangers, he lovingly welcomed the newest member of our family, Stella. Stella is a 4 month old Jack Russell, who is outgoing, playful, and very tiny!

New pets require training, check-ups, and lots of attention, so before getting a pet, families should make sure that they are financially stable and are ready to give their pet plenty of TLC. Emma Lucey, a Padua freshman, says, “My dog is a major part of my family’s life, and I spend a lot of time with her.” For families that are interested in adopting a pet, there’s no need to fear the unexpected when you can easily research the animal you’re thinking about, to see if they will be a good fit. Personally, I have noticed an overwhelmingly positive impact on my family, and many others, because of pets.

 

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