According to a recent study, pets can actually help cheer up their owners.
According to the survey from DART, 84 per cent of pet owners said their pet sensed their mood, especially when they were feeling low, and would actively act as a source of comfort during that time.
“Pets are shown to have positive contributions to health and happiness, illustrating how incredible and strong the human-animal bond is,” Amanda Landis-Hanna, DVM and Senior Manager of Veterinary Outreach for PetSmart Charities of Canada, said in a news release.
“From providing a source of comfort through physical contact, to counteracting feelings of judgement or negative self-worth for individuals struggling with depression or anxiety, pets can have a powerful effect on us—especially during this time of year,” she continued.
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Right now is a great time for people considering a new, fury addition to their home, as this weekend is the PetSmart Charities of Canada’s National Adoption Weekend.
“Adoption is mutually beneficial—pet parents provide homeless pets with a second chance and a forever home, while pets provide humans a companion who will be by their side through any situation with unconditional love when needed most,” Landis-Hanna said.
“Bringing a pet home before the holidays gives them time to adjust to new surroundings before a hectic time and can also help individuals cope during what can be a stressful season,” she added.
During adoption weekends, PetSmart Charities of Canada invites humane societies, SPCAs, and pet rescue organizations to locations across the country in an effort to ensure their animals have the best possible chance at finding a permanent home.