I agree with Mr. Cheddar on this one, definitely a no-brainer! Pets DO add so much to our lives.
I recently found out about a new pet campaign: PAL: Pets Add Life. When it comes to spreading the word about responsible pet care and helping to promote and find loving homes for our furry friends, I'm all for it. I've been a pet owner for many, many years. Years ago, I worked as an Education Officer for the Humane Society, in addition to many other campaigns and programs I've been involved with, to assist and protect animals.
It's encouraging to see new initiatives like PAL that really send out a positive message about what pets can add to our lives, in return for providing a safe and happy environment for them to enjoy and thrive in.
In addition to the companionship and unconditional love that pets bring into our lives they also improve our overall health in so many ways:
- Lower your blood pressure by patting a cat or dog.
- Increase optimism and reduce sadness by sharing your home with a pet.
- Reduce stress levels significantly by spending quality, fun time with pets.
- Get some daily exercise, take a brisk walk (or two) with your canine pals.
Add happiness to every day of your life while giving a pet a loving home. It's a win-win all around!
A fun promotion from the PAL website.
This is one of the MANY entries in PAL's recent pet poetry contest for children:
Submitted by Gloria in Grade 5, Paramus NJ, USA
"My beauty, my life, my treasure, my Kelsey. I love her every day. She lights up our house with her million dollar smile. Her smile is like the brightest star in the sky. When I am feeling sad, she comes to me and makes me smile. She loves everyone she meets. She is always so happy and overjoyed. When I am scared she comes to me and licks me. When I am stressed she comes to me and nudges me until I play with her. Kelsey is a special dog she really stands out. I like that about her. That is why I would not trade her for anything else in the world."
It was so wonderful to read some of the entries (too many to read them all!) and to see so many children interested and involved in making a good life for pet friends too.
Some additional information from the PAL website and the Impetus Agency, the company who recently launched an online campaign promoting the benefits of PAL.
The PAL - Pets Add Life campaign is designed to demonstrate the joys and benefits of pet ownership, thus driving increased adoption of pets and responsible ownership of pets. Produced by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), PAL includes three thirty-second TV spots, regular pet news segments, a brochure, an ad, web links, a poster, and other promotions.
In addition, a new social media campaign has been launched on behalf of PAL- Pets Add Life. The campaign is dedicated to promoting the joys and benefits of responsible pet ownership.
Join the online communities and follow the campaign regularly. There will be some exciting updates throughout the year. And do help by spreading PAL’s message as the campaign aims to increase pet adoption awareness and promote responsible pet ownership.
If you'd like to find out more about PAL and it's current and upcoming initiatives, do stop by their informative and fun website and also their social media pages:
Please spread the word about PAL(Pets Add Life). And make sure to hug your pet(s) today. They truly do add life to our lives!
Overall rating: Excellent. 5 out of 5.