Pets are now kept for companionship and are an important part of the family. Scientific research shows the benefits of human-animal interaction.
The Human Animal Bond Research Institute funds research into the health benefits of pets and human-animal interaction.
Service dogs can help alleviate symptoms in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Pets help owners manage their feelings and provide a powerful distraction from the stress of having a mental health problem.
Recent research has found that therapy dogs help reduce stress in college students, highlighting the mental health benefits of the human-animal bond.
Veterans living with PTSD exhibited better mental health and well-being if they had a service dog
Everyone living with a mental illness should have access to care, services, and supports that would benefit their mental health.
Studies show pets provide mental health benefits for people of all ages and health conditions, making them an important part of human wellness.
Pet-friendly workplaces and therapy animals will expand as people learn about the health benefits of the human-animal bond.
As society faces mental health issues, the role of companion animals should expand through research, education, and advocacy.