Psychologists have validated what we pet parents know already: Pets are good for our well-being.
A research team from the University of Miami and University of St. Louis recently published their findings in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Their three studies showed pet owners had better mental health than non-owners.
Specifically, pet owners had higher self-esteem, were more conscientious and were less lonely and fearful. As a bonus, pet owners were more physically fit (perhaps from all of the dog walks?).
The researchers concluded that the emotional benefits of pets equal the benefits of human friendships. An Associated Press poll reported that half of all pet parents view their pets as part of the family, and 25 percent of married people say their pet is a “better listener than their spouse.”
If you’re looking to increase your well-being by adding something furry to your family, you could visit the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA). During the month of July, adopters can pay what they want in adoption fees for all cats 6 months and older, rabbits and select dogs.
Pet of the Week
Meet Princess, a silver-haired beauty with a regal demeanor. She’s an affectionate cat and loves to sit on your lap and purr contentedly. Princess is at the SVACA and eligible for the adoption fee discount. Click here to view a video of Princess in action. To see all of the cats available at SVACA, view the critter cam. For more information about Princess and other animals looking for homes, call 408-764-0344 or visit svaca.com.