Puppy love doesn’t begin and end with just puppies. The type of love we share with our furry counterparts doesn’t see age or breed. This Valentine’s Day, with the above message from legendary singer Paul Anka, we encourage you to open your heart to more animals in need.
If you’ve already got a special furry friend, show them some extra love! Or maybe consider opening your heart and home to an animal in need. Make this Valentine’s Day extra special for an animal and give yourself a lifetime full of love. Below, you’ll find our top five reasons why a four-legged Valentine is the best kind of Valentine to have.
1. Unconditional Love!
Many people worry about connecting with a rescued cat or dog, but shelter animals have so much love to give—and they won’t ever stop giving it to you once you let them into your heart!
2. You’re Saving More Than One Life
It goes without saying that when you adopt a rescue pet, you’re saving a life and giving a deserving animal a second chance—but you’re actually saving more than one. By adopting, you’re helping make space for another animal in need and helping to give them the opportunity to become beloved pets.
3. Life Will Never Be Boring Again
One thing that’s for certain, is that life with a pet brings big changes—in the best way! Say goodbye to predictable nights and your boring routine and say hello to a new lease on life. Your new pet will keep life exciting, fresh and full of love.
4. You’ll Have a Lifelong BFF
What could be better than having a lifelong friend? After adopting a new dog or cat, you’ll have a confidante, a pal and ultimately—a beloved family member. You’ll never feel lonely, and in return neither will your pet.
5. You Can Help Fight Back Against Cruel Breeding
Puppies purchased at pet stores almost always come from cruel breeding facilities where dogs are confined to small, filthy spaces and receive little to no veterinary care. By adopting from your local shelter or rescue, you are giving back to your community instead of helping cruel breeders profit.
If you’re in the tri-state area and are interested in adopting a furry friend, visit the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. If you live in a different part of the country, visit a shelter near you!