Adopt a pet from a shelter today

Are you thinking of taking in a pet into your family? If you are, congratulations for adding a loving member to the family who will liven up the place. Often, the best place to find a pet is the local animal shelter. They have plenty of animals, so you can be sure to find a companion you love.

When you take in a pet from an animal shelter, you are giving a second chance to an animal that deserves it. Additionally, you are helping to reduce the pet overpopulation issue that the nation finds itself dealing with. The reality is that millions of unwanted pets are euthanized at local shelters every year. While some are beyond help (old age or overly aggressive behavior), many come to this end merely because they lacked someone to adopt them. Reducing the number of euthanized animals can be decreased if more people choose to take in pets. Adopting saves a life and opens up shelter space to an animal that could use it.

When you choose to adopt from the local shelter, you’ll be getting a good bargain. Often, the animal has been vaccinated and spayed/neutered. This cost is part of the adoption price, which means you don’t have to worry about these procedures.

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Most importantly, caring for an animal can provide the sense of fulfillment and purpose you may be looking for. At any age group, isolation and feelings of loneliness can creep up, and the best way to lessen these feelings may just come from adopting an animal in need.

Bethany Kludt is a nursing student who also loves animals. She’s concerned about the growing number of animals finding their way into shelters, and advocates for the humane treatment of all animals.


Why is the number of homeless people on the rise?

In America today, as many as 3 million people are homeless. A third of this figure constitutes young children living on their own or with family without a place to call home.

While the general stereotype is that most homeless people are thrust into the life due to mental illness or drug addiction, studies show that many people become homeless after a life changing event or series of events. For the vast majority, an unplanned situation happened that may have led them to be homeless.

Events such as the loss of income, a loved one, domestic violence, dysfunctional families, and mental illness are among the top reasons for homelessness. Other impairments like physical disability or post-traumatic stress disorder can also contribute to being homeless. It is also not uncommon to find people resorting to the street as a way to deal with grief. Often unable to cope with significant trauma in their lives, some people will give up on life and stop caring. Acknowledging that a myriad of factors can push people to the streets is often a good way to start figuring out how to help people.

A homeless person is one who has gone through deep emotional pain and suffering. By the time they show up to a homeless shelter for help, they’ve probably burned every meaningful relationship they’ve ever had. Close friends and family are unable (or unwilling) to give a hand, leaving the individual to fend on their own. In some ways, their situations are more about being unwanted than being homeless. Restoring trust and hope then becomes a big factor on the road to recovery.

Bethany Kludt

Bethany Kludt is studying to become a registered nurse at Ohio Northern University. She is a kind-hearted person who loves to help people and hopes to use her career to aid the homeless in her community.

The Importance of Family Values

For many people, the importance of family values doesn’t arise until they are caught up in a dilemma or ethical crisis that opposes their beliefs. While family values may not have mattered much before, such periods are when people realize they are faced with situations that don’t align with their beliefs. At such a point, the importance of having family values comes into focus.

Bethany Kludt
Bethany Kludt

If you’ve never given serious thought to the values, your parents or guardians emphasized as a young child, here are some reasons that provide clarity.

Family foundations

In construction, a firm foundation supports the structure built above it. Close-knit families are built on the sturdy foundation of good moral values. Such families can withstand any crisis or situation, and provide strength and encouragement to individual members.

Better decisions

Strong moral values influence the decisions people make, both within the family setup and outside of it. On some occasions, making the right decision on an important issue can be tough, and it is common to feel helpless if you lack proper guidance. When you can rely on family values in such situations, you’ll most often make better decisions.

Raise children the right way

Parenting is no easy task, and with a growing number of influences on today’s young generation, the task can seem scary. Having values that you believe in and would want your children to embody will help you raise up morally responsible and upright adults.

Bethany Kludt is a nursing student at Ohio Northern University. She loves her parents very much and being an only child, she gets to spend a lot of time with them. She appreciates the values they’ve taught her and hopes to impart someday the same in her family. For More Information Visit at