Pets Will Improve Your Life!
From the SPA
By Megan Gabel
Suppose you could take a pill that would reduce your level of stress, lower your blood pressure, make you feel good and less anxious, boost your immunity, lengthen your life span, get you into good physical shape, get you dates (okay, maybe not a big concern here), all with little risk of side effects. Wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity? Come to the SPA, and for no more than the cost of adopting (400 pesos), that magical pill can be yours, and you get a buddy on top of it! While providing a home for a homeless dog or cat obviously benefits that animal, the evidence is overwhelming that it also benefits your body, mind, and spirit.
Did you know that simply petting a dog or cat can lower your blood pressure? Petting a dog or cat can increase your levels of an antibody that fights the common cold. Cuddling a furry friend releases chemicals in your brain that have a calming and soothing effect. Owning a pet provides companionship, reduces loneliness, and increases the sense of being loved.
Dog owners tend to be in better physical shape from the exercise they get when they take their dog for a walk. It’s a great way to work on weight control, build muscles and stamina, and enjoy the outdoors at the same time. Dog owners have reduced stress and anxiety because the owners feel safer. Even the smallest of dogs can yip a loud alert. Dogs tend to make you more social because their outgoing friendliness forces you to meet new people. Suddenly, you find you are meeting neighbors you didn’t know existed but who are out walking their dogs at the same time.
Spice and Maya are examples of SPA “therapy” dogs. Getting Spice ready to go for a walk is a bit of a challenge. She is so excited to get out that it is difficult to get a leash on her. She zooms outside with excitement and then, surprisingly, is a little concerned about strangers and cars. With a wrinkled brow, she looks for reassurance before venturing forward. She does very well when another canine friend accompanies her for a walk. Her sister Maya is happy to serve that purpose. Maya is outgoing, fearless, friendly, and inquisitive. She has piercing amber eyes and a gentle, calm disposition. They both have been at the SPA since they were puppies, having arrived on March 7, 2015, at the tender age of 10 weeks. When adopted, both will provide love, companionship, and devotion to their new families.
Please look at the “Adopt Me” pages on our website spa.sanmiguel.org to see all our cats and dogs available for adoption (biographies, pictures, and videos). Visit the SPA, Monday–Saturday, 11am–2pm, Los Pinos 7, phone 152 6124. A pet in your life is so rewarding on many different levels.