Responsible Pet Ownership Benefits People & Pets

Our animal companions should be treated as much more than scenery or watchdogs. They are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional love and self-worth.

Even though they are a big investment of time and money, the benefits to bringing a companion animal into your family far outweigh the costs. The fact is that animals keep people healthy both physically and emotionally.

Pet owners often have lower blood pressure and less anxiety than those without companion animals. Recent studies have found that babies who live with at least one pet are significantly less likely to develop allergies to dogs and cats, dust mites, grasses and pollens.

On the emotional side, pets offer social support that can help people through difficult situations such as the stresses of growing up, divorce, losing a job and the death of a family member or friend. Dogs and cats also improve people's self-esteem by offering unconditional love. They also teach people how to care.

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Cuddle puppies and kittens, dote on dogs and cats, provide post-operative care for canines and felines and teach four-legged foster friends what snuggling is all about.

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SPCA of Texas Voices

"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

Laureen Jankins

Pet Owner