Clear the Shelters Happening Saturday

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Texarkana’s Animal Care & Adoption Center is hoping area residents will help Clear the Shelters this Saturday, August 17th, from 11 a.m – 2 p.m. 203 Harrison St, Texarkana, Ark.

Experts agree that owning a pet is one of the easiest ways to improve one’s overall happiness, but for a youngster, having a pet can yield life-long benefits for themselves and society in general.

For those parents sitting on the edge, here are several positive reasons you might not have thought of to bring a pet home for your kids, according to Oprah.com

  • Children who grow up in homes with pets have less risk of developing common allergies and asthma.
  • Playing with dogs may help lower blood pressure.
  • Kids with pets get outside more—to go for walks, run and play—and enjoy all the associated health benefits.
  • Pet owners require fewer doctor’s visits.
  • Emerging readers often feel more comfortable reading aloud to a pet.
  • Nurturing a pet is an acceptable way for boys to “parent play”—to practice being caregivers.
  • Feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility.
  • Children with pets display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem.
  • Sharing the love and care of a family pet forges an additional common bond among siblings.
  • Cuddling a pet reduces stress, loneliness and anxiety.
  • When a four-legged friend walks into your life, you will never walk alone again. Share your love with something that will return it back 100x.
  • You or your child’s new best-friend for life is waiting for you.
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