“Having a dog has changed my life. I get exercise, I get affection, I get unconditional love.” – Leeann

Overview

The bond between humans and animals is ancient.

Spending time with animals has been shown to have many benefits to your mental wellbeing and physical health. Pets can be relied upon to be loyal and trustworthy, as well as a source of comfort. They have personalities, and for many of us, they're just like another member of the family. Pets often behave in a way that complements and supports us. 

A pet can help us feel safer in the neighbourhood, which is essential for our mental health and wellbeing. They are also a great talking point for neighbours whom we may or may not yet know. Pets can be a great talking point for community social gatherings and events. 

Local pet enthusiasts and groups can be helpful in many ways. For instance, pet-minding services are very useful if you are not able to be at home or take your pet for a walk. 

Pets can make us laugh, looking after them can teach us certain skills, and they can contribute greatly to boosting our wellbeing.

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Page last updated 28th September 2017