Pasadena Humane is celebrating Heart Health Month with an adoption promotion highlighting the health benefits of pet ownership.
Adoption fees for all dogs and cats over 6 months old will be reduced to $14 from Feb. 8-18.
Studies show that interacting with a pet is beneficial to our health.
“Adopting a pet can absolutely promote health, both physically and mentally,” said Dr. Alex Durairaj, medical director of cardiovascular services at Huntington Health. “I tell my patients, dog walks for at least 30 minutes a day can significantly improve heart health. Even just having a pet at home can reduce stress in our lives, which is important for our cardiovascular health.”
Pasadena Humane wants people to know that pets not only reduce stress, but they also lower their owner’s blood pressure and provide a sense of purpose and joy. Whether it’s the comfort from canine cuddles, the soothing purr of cats or the quirky antics of critters, pets are companions that provide so many benefits to cardiovascular health, the organization noted.
“The love and joy that a pet brings is immeasurable,” said Dia DuVernet, president and CEO of Pasadena Humane. “Adopting a pet is literally and figuratively good for your heart!”
Adoption appointments are released every Wednesday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Walk-in adoptions are also available from 2-5 p.m. daily, starting Feb. 5.
All adopted dogs and cats will be spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines and microchipped. Adopters receive a free health exam at a participating veterinarian and a discount at the Pasadena Humane Shelter Shop. Adopters living in the Pasadena Humane licensing service area can get a dog license at the time of adoption. Normal licensing fees apply.
Prospective adopters can view available pets and make an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org/adopt.
First published in the February 9 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.