Animals Are Stress Busters

Our four-legged friends reduce stress and are good for your physical, mental and emotional health. The shelters are overflowing with animals so here are some reasons to get a pet home and a new furry member for your family.

Reasons to Get a Pet

Relieves stress and boosts your mood

Research shows our pets help relieve stress and enhance mood. Indiana University Media School reported that people who viewed cat videos felt less sad, anxious, or annoyed and more positive after they watched the videos online.

Increases your physical activity

Research shows people with pets get more exercise and keep active which helps with weight control and overall health.

Good for your heart health

The American Heart Association published a study in the journal “Circulation,” that reported an evaluation of studies of pet ownership and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The researchers concluded that “there is a substantial body of data that suggests that pet ownership is associated with a reduction in CVD risk factors [e.g., heart rate, blood pressure] and increased survival in individuals with established CVD.”

Helps kids read

Children who have difficulty reading do better when they read to a dog who is patient and gives them unconditional love.