Pets are part of people’s lives. Companion animals bring joy to their owners. They provide emotional support, reduce feelings of stress and loneliness, and increase social contact. Looking after pets helps children and adults alike to learn to be responsible, develop good self-esteem and helps positive emotional development. As well as bringing a range of benefits to their carers, pets provide various social and economic benefits in general, helping to create a more sustainable society.
Below are just some of the benefits associated with pets, but in order to maintain these benefits pet owners need to act in a sustainable manner when caring for their animal or deciding to adopt an animal. This includes taking care of their health, nutrition and exercise and considering neutering/spaying to keep reproduction under control. Visit the Tips and advice page to learn about how we can care for our pets.
Studies have shown the benefits of pets for the elderly: bringing companionship, encouraging activity, creating a sense of responsibility of care for another being and helping to alleviate loneliness and lower blood pressure. Older people having pets are also reported to require fewer visits to the doctor. Therapy pets are reported as having positive effects on people’s quality of life in nursing homes, hospitals, and care centres for the disabled making them more sociable and encouraging interaction and activity.