By Bethe Almeras
Naturally there are hundreds of good reasons to adopt a pet any time of year, but these are my top four for January and February, aka my least favorite time of the year. Somehow the stretch of time between January 2nd and when spring finally starts to hint at its arrival feels like it moves at a snail's pace. And I'm talking about a snail with a limp and no agenda or ambition. At all.
4 Reasons to Adopt Your New Best Friend
1. Your resolution to move more -- Each January, most of us make some sort of resolution or promise to get active, and having a pet can help you keep on track. Dogs are the obvious choice -- daily walks, a running buddy, playing fetch, etc. But cats can help you move more, too! They love active play, like ball tossing (and watching you retrieve it after they have batted it under the sofa) and chasing cat charmers and ribbons as you wave them wildly about (bye-bye upper arm flab!). Or take their grooming as inspiration and pop in that yoga DVD.
2. It's cold and dark -- Two words, people: Lap warmer. Ready to binge watch Breaking Bad or Doctor Who, or read the entire Game of Thrones series? It will be much better with a furry friend at your side, on your lap, or curled up on your feet. And in case you were wondering, most Pitbulls are total lapdogs. They have no idea how much they weigh, they just want to love you up close and personal.
3. Your mood -- Let's face it; most people get grumpy in the winter. Don't believe me, ride the Metro in late January. You can actually feel the dark cloud hanging above everyone's heads. Whether it's a dog, cat, bunny, or guinea pig, pets will bring you joy and boost your mood with their antics and abundance of love.
4. January and February are arguably the LONGEST months of the year -- Seriously, they snuck extra days in there somehow. With a furry companion by your side your wait for spring will feel much shorter. You'll always have someone to talk to, they won't mock you for wearing sweatpants all weekend, and they don't care if you can cook or not. As long as you can open a bag or a can, you rule.
So what are you waiting for? Visit your local shelter and find your new best friend today. For DC area residents, check out the lovebugs currently available at WHS.
Guest Blogger Bio: Bethe Almeras is an educator and blogger as well as an animal welfare advocate. She is an Adoptions Volunteer with the Washington Humane Society, and you can find her most Saturdays at the New York Avenue Shelter unless she is off helping out at a community-based adoption event. She is the proud human of the dashing and brilliant WHS alumnus, Mr. Kitty and the soon-to-be former WHS foster, Tidbit.