Follow up to 2021 post, Following the Science? Here’s Another Reason!
Although shelters are a primary resource for adopting cats, unfortunately breeders continue to rank the highest for dog adoptions. According to Rainwalk’s updated statistics, 90.5 million households in America own a pet. With over 10,000 puppy mills in operation nationwide, it is unfortunate that they continuously make bank while senior-aged pets are least likely to be adopted, contributing to growing numbers of euthanized animals.
In the age of increased numbers of therapy dogs, it is a wonder why these numbers are so high. Pets are known to decrease mental stress, bring a sense of calmness to a person, and create bonds that assist in high-anxiety situations. Cleveland Clinic reports that benefits for health extend from mild to severe mental health conditions, cardio improvements, weight loss, increased muscular strength, and overall brain function.
Are you a homebound senior? Well studies show that cat or dog person, both significantly help depression. A study conducted at UTHealth proves that companion animals are a benefit across depression, loneliness, and forming bonds. Even the Mars company (yes, as in M&Ms!), did a survey showing that 80% of pets owners state that their pet makes them feel less lonely. Based on research, the pet owners seem to have an edge to living a healthier lifestyle, specifically homebound seniors.
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