Countless studies have confirmed what pet guardians already know: That having a pet is good for your health.
The healing power of pets is well documented. According to research, pets can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, boost self-confidence, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and even improve the overall physical health of their guardians.
A study presented several years ago at the International Conference on Human Animal Interaction surveyed more than 11,000 people in Australia, China and Germany, and found that pet guardians made between 15 and 20 per cent fewer visits to the doctor than people without pets at home.
Another study conducted by Queen's University in Belfast found that compared to patients without pets, heart attack victims who had dogs at home were 8.6 per cent more likely to live a year after experiencing a heart attack, while cat guardians were statistically more likely to survive 10 years after a heart attack.
Read about the healing power of pets in The Province newspaper, then visit spca.bc.ca/adoptme to start looking for a friend online today. You can also visit a BC SPCA branch or satellite adoption centre in your community.
More than 20,000 animals a year are adopted from BC SPCA shelters. You can help us care for them before they are adopted by supporting the BC SPCA's Highest Priority Needs Fund, which pays for sheltering, medical care, spay/neuter, rehabilitation and rescue of homeless animals. Please donate today.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.