If you have a pet, you know how much emotional support and love they give you. The Human Animal Bond Research Institute has done a survey on the human-animal bond, pet therapy, and general awareness of these subjects.
They’ve also tried to determine how the owners’ opinions changed with the COVID-19 pandemic when around 38% of pet owners found comfort in their pets.
So, let’s check out the results:
- 76% of the survey responders noticed health benefits after they’ve got a pet — a 5% increase from 2016.
- 87% said that owning a pet made positive changes to their mental health — 13% more than in 2016.
- 83% spend most of their day with their pets — 5% more compared to 2016.
The survey has also found that more pet owners than ever have discussed pet ownership with other pet owners or medical professionals.
- 97% know about at least one health benefit having a pet brings (scientifically proven).
- 64% talked to someone about the human-animal bond and health benefits.
- 22% had a pet recommended by their physician or a therapist for the purpose of improving their health (especially mental).
- 63% have talked about it with their veterinarians — 7% more than in 2016.
The results have also proven that knowing more about the human-animal bond makes the owners more likely to take better care of their pets.
- 91% would take better care of their pets — 2% more than in 2016.
- 91% would pay more attention to their pets’ health and take them for regular check-ups — 2% more than in 2016.
- 77% would be likely to spend more money on their pets — 8% more than in 2016.
- 57% would consider getting a new pet — 8% more than in 2016.
The survey also shows that the owners would like to see a larger presence of pets in society. And they’re more familiar with the need for therapy dogs after the COVID-19 induced stress, which led to a higher need for therapy dogs.
- 92% believe hospitals and schools should offer a therapy animal program.
- 92% think that the government should provide service animals for veterans suffering from PTSD.
- 90% believe that temporary and emergency housing should allow pets.
- 84% want fewer restrictions on pets when renting.
In the end, the survey shows just how much COVID-19 has changed our views on pet-animal bond and has shown us how important our pets are for our mental health.