Eight in 10 people who have taken in a rescue shelter pet say it is the most rewarding thing they have ever done.
A poll, of 600 people who have adopted their furry friend, found 76% consider it as valuable as bringing up a child. Nearly six in 10 (59%) believe they have “saved its life” and 30% feel fulfilled by bringing it into a loving home.
Other key reasons a new pet has brought such satisfaction include witnessing it becoming happier (63%) and gaining its total trust – after coming from an abusive background (33%).
Half also loved seeing it become less afraid, and the same amount treasured watching it understanding how to love its new family. And 76% said it made them learn to care about someone other than themselves.
“Pet adoption allows people to make a compassionate choice, however it should be considered carefully. Anyone thinking of adopting a pet should take time to make an informed decision, understand the responsibilities and sometimes the possible challenges involved, and take care to find the right pet for them,” said Martina McChowat a spokesperson from pet food brand Purina, who commissioned the research.
“It’s amazing to see that so many people feel hugely fulfilled when they have made that choice. Adopting a pet can really feel like you’ve saved a life, as well as enriching your own through the multiple benefits that we know owning a pet can bring,” she added.
The research went on to find that if they were to get another pet, just 5% would buy from a breeder instead of rescuing another pet, due to the positive experience they have had.
Cats, dogs and rabbits are the animals most likely to be adopted – with a handful having rescued chinchillas, budgies, and snakes. And almost two-thirds (63%) believe that their family unit has become stronger since adopting their pet, according to the statistics, compiled by OnePoll.
“The fact people are keen to adopt another pet from a shelter is really heartwarming because actions like these make a big impact on the animal’s life,” added Martina McChowat.
For those considering pet adoption, Purina has interviewed a pet owner who has recently adopted a dog, view the full pet adoption interview to gain an insight into the adoption process and the positive impact adoption can have on your life.
Produced in association with SWNS Talker
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