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Posted June 26, 2017 | 4:01 PM

Paws and Relax with a New Pet

Six ways to boost your well being with a Pet Resource Center pet

Adopting a four-legged furry friend from the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center (PRC) can provide a lifetime of unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship. Did you know by adding a PRC pet to your life you can also provide a boost to your health, both physically and mentally?

Don't believe it? Here are six ways PRC pets can help make you healthier.

Sensory Stress Relief

Touch and movement are two healthy ways to quickly manage stress. Petting a dog or cat has been shown to lower blood pressure and can help you quickly calm down and reduce your stress in a matter of moments.

Increase Daily Exercise

Taking a dog for a walk, hike, or run is a fun and rewarding way to fit healthy exercise into your daily schedule. A 30-minute walk every day with your pet can make a huge difference in a healthier lifestyle.

Provide Companionship

Companionship can help prevent illness and even add years to your life, while isolation and loneliness can trigger symptoms of depression. A pet requires attention and care that creates companionship and makes you feel needed and foster a positive outlook on life.

Meet New People

Pets can be great icebreakers and can help you start and maintain friendships. Pet owners frequently stop and talk to each other on walks around town or hikes at parks.

Reduce Anxiety

The companionship of a pet can offer comfort, help ease anxiety, and build self-confidence for people anxious about going out into the world. Dogs live in the moment. They don't worry about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. They can help you become more mindful and appreciate the joy of the present. Cats often enjoy snuggling and display pleasure and joy.

Add Structure and Routine to Your Day

Having a routine keeps your pet balanced and calm- and it can work for you, too. If you're depressed, anxious, or stressed, one sad look from your pet and you'll want to get out of bed to feed, exercise, and care for your pet.

Lucky for you, the Pet Resource Center can help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle by finding your perfect match. PRC is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa.