Chicago Animal Care and Control protects public safety and ensures the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education and animal law enforcement. When it comes to the types of animals that can be kept as pets, there are many to choose from. Whatever dog you choose, keep in mind that you are making a long-term commitment, since dogs live 10 years or more. Your dog will need attention, love and respect from you: food and water are not enough. Dogs need to be part of the family. The fact that the term service animal” is often used by landlords and public housing authorities to refer to both service dogs and assistance animals often creates confusion.
Our goals for this paper are twofold: (1) Describe how pet owners and non-pet owners differ. (2) Describe why this difference needs to be accounted for in observational research on pet ownership and health. In this paper, we will examine the factors associated with pet ownership to provide empirical evidence about how dog and cat owners differ from the general population. We also describe how these differences are also associated with health outcomes, which may lead researchers to under- or over-estimate the impact of pet ownership on health in any observational studies that do not use suitable statistical controls. We then provide guidance into how to strengthen the research basis, recommending some recent methodological innovations that help overcome the limitations associated with selection bias.
Unowned animals in society suffer from very poor health, including injury, disease and starvation. They can also cause nuisance in the community, and cats can prey on native wildlife. Or some people might say, “Look, pets are people so we can’t spay or neuter them if it’s against their will. And we can’t buy or sell them.” As farfetched as some of this stuff may sound, we’re on this dramatic trajectory, and it’s really unclear where we’re going. There are a lot of unintended consequences to treating pets as people.
Pets for Patriots aims to get harder-to-adopt pets out of shelters while offering free memberships to U.S. veterans and incentives to help them care for their new pet. The organization has a network of shelters their members can use to find their perfect pet, and they pre-screen members before they visit shelters to make sure they’ll be good pet parents.
A pet is great companion. They give owners company, a sense of security and someone to share the routine of the day with. Pets can be especially valuable company for those in later life and living alone. A cross-cultural analysis of 60 countries found that 52 of them kept dogs, but were only considered companions, or pets, in 22 of them. For example, research has shown that people with pets tend to have more mental health issues and suffer from increased levels of depression than non-pet owners.