The Benefits of Pets
Studies have shown that having a pet can help lower heart rates and blood pressure, relieve stress, and actually add years to our lives. But not everyone can own a pet. So humane societies use pet therapy programs to reach people in places where animals donít traditionally live.
In pet therapy programs, volunteers take animals to nursing homes, retirement communities, or even childrenís hospitals for special visits. Cuddling an animal can offer comfort, prompt people who havenít spoken in a long time to retell stories of their own beloved pets, and even diminish fear in a child who may be facing difficult medical treatment. During these special visits animals get a chance to do what they do bestógive unconditional love and attention.
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