How Pets Help People

On any given day, Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) accepts dozens of dogs and cats in need of a home. Many breeds of certain animal species – dogs and cats, for example – have a long history of being human companions, and keeping these as pets is morally good, since this is the natural way for these animals to live. Indeed, forcing such animals to live in a wild environment that they are unfitted for would be morally wrong. Even thousands of years ago, people treated their beloved pets just like humans. The animals died naturally and were buried beside treasured items.

Those who work caring for the elderly say that pets pull withdrawn seniors out of their shell, provide mild activity and cardio through walking and grooming the pet, and offer a way to feel needed and connect with the world. Pet therapy can also help with Alzheimer’s Sundowners Syndrome. Nighttime can be very confusing and disorienting for folks with Alzheimer’s disease. This is when some Alzheimer’s patients try to run away or leave their home. A pet can prevent this issue by keeping those with Alzheimer’s connected and occupied.

The DNA of today’s domesticated animals reveals that each species separated from its wild counterpart between 15,000 and 5,000 years ago , in the late Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods. Yes, this was also when we started breeding livestock. But it is not easy to see how this could have been achieved if those first dogs, cats, cattle and pigs were treated as mere commodities.

When health-related respondent characteristics were added to the model ( Table 4 ), all previously observed associations remained, and respondents with current asthma were 19% more likely to own a cat, after controlling for all the other variables in the model. Again, we cannot make any claims about the direction of the relationship and do not know if cat ownership causes asthma, respondents with asthma were more likely to own cats, or something related to both asthma and cat ownership is behind the relationship. BMI, and general health were not associated with cat ownership after adjusting for other characteristics.

Check our website: View found pets at the shelter as well as animals available for adoption If you do not have consistent internet access, you may listen to our Lost Pet Hotline by calling 206-386-7387 and choosing the appropriate option. The lost pet hotline is recorded each evening and includes pets detained at the shelter in the last 48 hours. Your regular old cheetah isn’t putting a collar with its name and address on a lovable little canine. It’s definitely not yelling “Good boy!” when its furry friend retrieves the newspaper, but sometimes the ferocious felines do actually adopt dogs. In fact, zoos encourage it.