We’ve long loved dogs for being man’s best friend, but not so well known is that our pets can actually make us physically and mentally healthier. Just the presence of our pets can lift our spirits and help us relax.
Physical health benefits
Research has shown that owning a pet has a number of physical health benefits
The joy of having a pet isn’t new to most Australians; we have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. In fact our pets are such positive influences on our lives that one study found that Australian ownership of cats and dogs saved approximately $3.86 billion in health expenditure over one year.
Research has shown that owning a pet has a number of psychological benefits
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If you are considering owning a pet be sure you contact your local RSPCA. You can view some of the animals available for adoption at the RSPCA on the Adoptapet website.
Pets offered for adoption by the RSPCA are all thoroughly health checked by a vet, desexed, microchipped and vaccinated and have been temperament tested. And you don’t have to adopt a dog or cat to find a great pet companion, The RSPCA is often looking for new homes for a variety of smaller animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, mice and rats. They can all provide friendship, companionship and happiness in their own special way.
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