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Baby boomers adopting canine companions

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Rescuing an animal is a rewarding experience. You save a dog’s life and gain a loyal and loving companion who will be devoted to you for the rest of its life. You also help humane societies and animal shelters who need good homes for thousands of homeless animals. Most American households now have at least one pet and many were adopted from an animal shelter.

Today, pets reside in 72.9 million American homes. Dogs are the most popular household pet, followed by cats. Many of these dogs and cats hail from shelters and humane societies. Every year, roughly 3-4 million cats and dogs are adopted from shelters across this country, according to the Humane Society of the U.S., but 6-8 million enter them.

Baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, own more pets than any other age group. Their generation is responsible for the surge in pet ownership across the last five decades. Today, seventy-four percent of baby boomers own a dog, reports Harris Interactive. Pets have always been part of a boomer’s life. They grew up surrounded by pets, humanized them, spoiled them and treated them like members of the family.

But pets not only offer baby boomers loyal and loving companionship, they also improve their health. According to Lifeafter50, a recent study found pet ownership boosts a boomer’s health and overall wellness. Owning a dog enhances a baby boomer’s health in a number of ways:

  • First, owning a dog reduces stress because walking a dog calms frayed nerves and offers instant relaxation;
  • second, simply petting a dog can lower a boomer’s blood pressure;
  • third, dog ownership helps prevent heart disease because these faithful companions give boomers a greater psychological stability which can protect them; and
  • finally, pets give their owners unconditional love, alleviating depression and loneliness.

Today, many baby boomers find a canine companion at the local animal shelter.There are a number of the advantages to adopting a pet from a shelter. First, the shelter cares whether the animal will get a good home. It checks out potential candidates and gives them time to interact with the potential new pet. Once you know the pet is a good match, the shelter provides background information on your new pet and guides you through the adoption process of fees, paperwork and instructions.

Baby boomers welcoming rescued dogs into their home enhance their own lives and as well as the life of their pet. The joy of adopting a pet from a shelter is found in their devoted and loving dog. When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you save its life and gain a loyal, life-long canine companion.

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