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Power of Pets on the Human Psyche

The Power of Pets on the Human Psyche According to a Gallup annual Lifestyle Poll1 conducted in 2006, six in 10 Americans own some type of pet. Dog owners made up the majority, followed by those owning a cat, and or both, not far behind. In 2012, results from an American Pet Products Association (APPA) survey backed that figure up when it reported 62% of Americans owned a pet of some kind.2 Among the more than 60% pet owners that responded to the Gallup Poll, companionship and love was noted as the number one reason leading them to include those from the animal kingdom as members of the family.  According to the APPA website, “The benefits of having a pet extend well beyond companionship, and sometimes our furry friends don’t receive the credit that’s due. Pets are a shoulder to cry on, an alarm clock, an exercise partner, and a [...]


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