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Benefits of Pet Ownership

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Emotional Benefits of Pet Ownership

  • Boosts self-esteem
  • Fights depression by providing comfort and companionship
  • Contributes to psychological stability due to unconditional love and affection.
  • Gives meaning and purpose to the owner’s life
  • Provides entertainment and enjoyment
  • Strengthens social networks
  • 70% of families reported an increase in happiness and fun after adopting a pet

Source: APPMA (2006), Fuller (2006), Hynes (2005), Cain (1985)

Physical Benefits of Pet Ownership

  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Improves motor skills and coordination
  • Increases life span by an average of two to five years.
  • Decreases heart attack mortality by 3% 
  • in the US, this translates to 30,000 lives per year.
  • Helps prevent heart disease
  • Increases the levels of endorphins (or ‘feel good’ hormones)
  • Strengthens immune system

Source: APPMA (2006), Fuller (2006), Hynes (2005), Friedman (1980)