Has your schedule freed up since retiring?
Are you considering inviting a furry friend into your home?
Here are a few things to consider before deciding whether adopting a pet is a good idea.
Owning a pet has many benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, lessened feelings of loneliness, increased self-esteem, and a general sense of well-being. For example, owning a dog helps raise your level of social engagement and physical activity because of walks and visits to the park. These changes can have a significant impact on your health.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Whatever type of animal you like, it’s essential to reflect on the long-term implications. Consider, for example, a dog’s life expectancy and your plans. Think about whether you may sell your home, move into a smaller space, or travel. Try to determine who can care for your companion if you can’t take it with you.
Finally, choose an animal that complements your level of autonomy. If you want a dog and you’re not very active, you probably shouldn’t get an energetic puppy that’s strong enough to cause you to lose your balance. If you have reduced mobility, you may find suitable companionship in a cat, hamster, or fish.
Do you want to give an abandoned pet a second chance?
Visit an animal shelter in your area.