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  • Writer's pictureMaddie Cohen

Welcome to the Family: How Adopting a Pet Can Help You Get Through the Pandemic

Temperatures are dropping. A haze, drab and gray, has taken over the winter landscape.

In the colder months, this is all par for the course. Yet with restrictions on gatherings and a nationwide spike in coronavirus cases, the holiday season may be looking—and feeling—a little gloomier than usual.

Things, of course, don’t have to be this way. Adopting a dog or cat can make all the difference in your life, brightening your home during a time of great uncertainty. Here are three benefits of adopting an animal:

· Pets offer companionship.

With social-distancing measures in full swing, people—especially those who live alone—may be feeling a little isolated. Adopting a new pet, however, can help mitigate the absence of human touch and offer a fulfilling sense of companionship.

Chances are you’ll feel much less lonely with a new companion by your side.

· Cats and dogs provide a sense of purpose.

Over the past nine months, hundreds of millions of Americans have watched their lives turn entirely upside down. Some are rarely leaving home. Others are on edge. This is where animal ownership may come in.

Caring for a pet can provide a calming, powerful sense of purpose.

· A new animal can help lower your blood pressure.

Say hello to your new pet, and goodbye to depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that owning a pet can play a key role in reducing not only stress, but also cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

While it’s important to make sure you’re ready for the commitment, adopting or even fostering a dog or cat from your local shelter can make the colder months significantly more fulfilling.

Have you adopted a pet during the pandemic? Share your experiences in the comments below—or contact us to learn more about what Umbrella Security Services can do for your business.

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