Nearly 70% of U.S. Households Own a Pet - 84.6 Million
Of households with Pets:
80% believe their pets bring them happiness and emotional support
55% believe their pets reduce anxiety and depression
66% believe their pets relieve stress
Pet-Friendly Workplaces are Good for Business
Workplaces that adopt pet-friendly policies can experience benefits like:
attracting more job candidates
keeping their employees longer
better employee health
increased productivity among workers
What Does Science Say About Pets and Health?
Pet Ownership Can Help:
improve cardiovascular health and physical activity
decrease stress and lower blood pressure
reduce loneliness, which increases the risk of developing many chronic health conditions
Animals Help People with Mental and Physical Health Conditions
In people with cancer, animal-assisted interventions play a role in reducing anxiety, depression and aggression during treatment
For people receiving treatment for mental illness, animal-assisted interventions reduce anger , anxiety, depression, and general distress, while improving the ability to socialize.
Veterans with PTSD reported decreases in depression, social isolation, anxiety, and alcohol abuse, while also reporting improved sleep and better coping with flashbacks after being paired with service dogs.
The MHASWNJ offers animal-assisted therapy for organizations and groups in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties. If you would like more information about this program, contact Janice Campbell at 856-522-0639.