Explore the wonderful world of animals through the many interesting facts about them and find everything you need to know about pet adoption and care, in these articles on Animals and Pets. 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.
This followed concerns about genetic disease raised in a BBC documentary, Pedigree Dogs Exposed , that claimed many pedigree dogs suffer ill-health caused by years of inbreeding. The compatibility ratings indicate our best guesses based on what we’ve observed for each animal at the shelter or in foster. Each animal will respond differently in different situations, and may not live up to these ratings in all situations. Click here to learn more about how we rate our adoptable pets.
Pets provide their owners (or “guardians” 1 ) both physical and emotional benefits. Walking a dog can provide both the human and the dog with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction Pets can give companionship to people who are living alone or elderly adults who do not have adequate social interaction with other people. There is a medically approved class of therapy animals , mostly dogs or cats, that are brought to visit confined humans, such as children in hospitals or elders in nursing homes Pet therapy utilizes trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive or emotional goals with patients.
Johnson RA (2011). Animal-assisted interventions in health care contexts. In McCardle P, McCune S, Griffin JA & Maholmes V (Eds.),Â How animals affect usÂ (pp. 183-192). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association. Service animals are categorized as animals trained to do a specific task for their owner. The most common example is a guide dog. Service animals are allowed in public accommodations because of the owner’s need for the animal at all times.
One of the people I talked to was a Pepperdine University law professor named Richard Cupp He’s actually a big animal personâ€”he has dogs that he considers members of the familyâ€”but he is very concerned about this idea of granting pets rights and considering them people in the eyes of the law. Regarding the marking – Member States shall authorise the movement into their territory of dogs, cats and ferrets marked by a clearly readable tattoo if applied before 3 July 2011.