The Twin Cities Animal Humane Society has seen a 41% drop in euthanasia and a 13% increase in pet adoption, since the agency began requiring an appointment to surrender a pet, at the beginning of this year, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 8-10-11. These appointments to surrender a pet, give vital information to prospective adoptive families about age, behavior issues, or health concerns, and why the pet is being surrendered. Furthermore, when an owner calls to make an appointment to surrender a pet, the caller is given the option to speak to an animal trainer, which sometimes simply resolves behavior problems.
There have been studies that reveal how animals help reduce stress, calm us down, lowering our blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, lowering incidence of obesity, prolonging and improving the quality of life, and aiding in the rehabilitation of many illnesses/accidents. A National Institute of Health study found that dog owners had a better one-year survival after a heart attack, compared with those who did not own a dog. See: http://www.top-colleges.com/blog/2011/04/19/puppies-ease-stress-the-benefits-of-pet-therapy/ Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that owning a pet can decrease cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. We are blessed to have our animal friends in our life, teaching us to be more loving, teaching us to be kinder, more compassionate human beings, and assisting us in our evolution.
We are here on this planet, in our lives, to learn and express love, learn soul lessons about love and our interconnectedness, and to grow and evolve in that love. A pet adds to our avenue of expressing love, giving us the opportunity to be a loving caretaker of the animal. It appears that our pets help us on that path of love, and in return may be given eternal life. In blessing us with this love and opportunity for growth, our beloved pets, because the part of consciousness they were created from, has been individualized and thus they live on as an individual entity, being sustained for eternity. Our learning to love is enhanced by our beloved pets, and in exchange, they are granted eternal life.
The soul of an animal that is not loved as an individual entity, goes back to the mass energy of it’s species and does not retain it’s individual personality, according to William LePar, who channels a wise council. It is only through the love we create, similar to the charming story of the “Velveteen Rabbit”, that our pets “become real” …. or at least a permanent eternal soul. Love is indeed a powerful force, one that enhances our life, growth, and connects us all. As we grow in love and interconnectedness, may we remember to make ethical choices in all areas of our life, remembering our animal friends, plants, etc.
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