A study of 500 adults who have adopted a pet, found 74 per cent consider it to be one of the most rewarding achievements.
Learning to love and care for something other than yourself, and a belief that adoptees are more appreciative of your attention – and treats – are also advantages to taking a pet home from a shelter.
The research was commissioned by Pedigree and Whiskas’ ‘The Adoption Mission Programme’, which supports shelters across the UK.
Their ambassador, TV presenter Andrea McClean, who is also a rescue dog owner, said: “This research comes as no surprise, as I know from experience that adopted pets not only become your best friend, but they complete your family.
“Adopting my Teddy was one of my greatest achievements; he puts a smile on my face as soon as I get up in the morning until I go to bed.
“Adoption isn’t necessarily the easiest route, but it’s certainly the most rewarding.
“My family and I have loved every single second and are honoured that we’ve been able to give Teddy the life he deserves.
“Adoption can seem like quite a daunting prospect to prospective pet owners, but I’d urge anyone to take a leap of faith and find their own best friend and companion.”
Considering the process
The study found that of those who have adopted a pet, 53 per cent believe there are a lot of myths and misconceptions around it.
This includes the idea that all pets that need to be rehomed are ‘broken’ (35 per cent), that they are only in a shelter as they weren’t good pets for someone else (32 per cent) or that you don’t know their medical history (31 per cent).
Other misconceptions include them being badly behaved (31 per cent), and not knowing what you are getting (31 per cent).
While 43 per cent of all

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