They’re expensive and messy and may even hog the bed. Yet if you’re among the millions of pet owners across the country, you just can’t imagine life without your beloved horse, dog, cat or other animal companion.
They make us more active.
Toss the ball, go for walks, ride them or groom them—you are more active in your life.
They keep us healthy.
The American Heart Association confirms it: Pet ownership is linked to a reduction in cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and a lower likelihood of obesity.
They help us develop empathy.
Some research suggests that kids who have pets become more nurturing, giving adults — perhaps because they learn from a young age that all living creatures need comfort and feel pain.
They give us a self-esteem kick.
Maybe it’s because they make us feel needed — after all, someone has to fill up that food bowl and stop by the dog run every morning. Or perhaps it has to do with the unconditional love they shower us with, or the fact that they’re completely nonjudgmental about our lifestyles.
They increase our social connections.
Ever notice that when you’re out with your pet, strangers are more apt to smile, say hello, even strike up a conversation?
Petting them brightens our mood.
Sure, it’s soothing for pets to be stroked and touched by us, but we get a huge physiological payback too: more relaxed and at peace.
They bring order to our lives.
Going for daily walks, establishing playtime and eating routines and making regular vet appointments — yeah, it can all start to feel like drudge work after a while. But there’s an upside to responsible pet parent behavior: It helps bring routine and discipline to our day.
We believe ensuring animal welfare is a human responsibility that includes consideration for all aspects of animal well-being..
This responsibility includes humane handling and treatment, responsible care including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention, spaying and neutering, and, when necessary, humane euthanasia. There are numerous local organizations that aid in the care of our animal friends. Please take time to contact one or more and offer your support. Below are just a few you may consider.
Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance
“Dedicated to caring for abused, neglected, and/or abandoned equines”
1107 Summerlin Dairy Road
Wingate, NC 28174
Horse Protection Society of NC
“Hearts, Hands, Helping Horses”
2135 Miller Road,
China Grove, NC 28023
“Promoting humane education by focusing on rescuing on a fundamental level through hands-on learning and care for animals”
1424 Turnersburg Highway
Statesville, NC 28625
“A network of concerned Carolinians devoted to helping abandoned and abused animals fine loving homes”
P.O. Box 365
Waxhaw, NC 28117
Catering to Cats and Dogs
“Introducing best friends everyday”
P.O. Box 123
Cornelius, NC 28031
Friends of the Animals
“Promoting responsible pet ownership, providing low-cost spay neuter services, and promoting adoption of homeless pets”
181 North Main Street
Mooresville, NC 28115
Lake Norman Animal Rescue
“Making a difference, one pet at a time”
P.O. Box 4708
Mooresville, NC 28117