More on Human-Animal Interaction
Throughout history, the relationship between humans and pets has been one of the world’s most unique and enduring bonds. Humans have been sharing their lives with domesticated animals for more than 10,000 years - virtually since the beginning of civilisation.
This special relationship benefits both humans and pets, and goes beyond mere companionship. People see their pets as important members of their families - they are friends, playmates and protectors, providing love, security and joy to their humans. In turn, it is our responsibility to take care of our pets and provide them with loving, safe and happy homes.
The Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction
Our pets make us smile - but did you know that having a pet actually makes us healthier? The scientific research below shows that interacting with pets helps people enjoy happier and healthier lives and strengthens the communities in which we live. Whether it is increasing our level of physical activity, alleviating depression or improving a child’s sense of self-esteem, having a pet is good for you!
Physical Activity & Obesity
Allergies and Asthma
In addition to the benefits to individuals and families, communities that foster pet ownership also enjoy significant advantages:
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