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Emotional benefits of adopting a pet

Families and individuals decide to adopt pets for a variety of reasons, but the emotional benefits it provides for owners may be one of the best.

According to the Huffington Post, October as Adopt a Shelter Pet Month provides an opportunity for Americans who do not know the important impact a companion animal can have on their lives. In his column for the news outlet, Marc Joseph, author and CEO/founder of DollarDays International, Inc., says that pets act as teachers to humans of all ages. They educate humans on matters of loyalty, empathy, sharing and unconditional love.

"These animals may be the best therapist you have ever met," Joseph writes.

The Center for Disease Control reports that pets can decrease a human's blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness, as well as offer opportunities for exercise and socialization with others.

That said, owning a pet also requires plenty of responsibility. Responsibility is one of the things that the news source reports a dog can teach a human, but it is important that potential owners are prepared for the time, energy and patience it takes to raise a good canine citizen.  
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