GAPFA members recognize that collaboration and shared knowledge can benefit pet food makers, pet lovers and, of course, the dogs and cats we feed. GAPFA’s members share information on product safety and nutrition, all with the goal of providing consumer choice that allows pet lovers to select the most appropriate food for their cat’s or dog’s nutritional needs and of helping cats and dogs live long and healthy lives.

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Benefits of Pet Ownership

Companion animals are often a powerful means for us humans to develop positive interactions with others – across many different contexts and cultures. These benefits often go into the wider community and neighbourhood. While every relationship between pet and its owner is unique, there are some main benefits that pets bring every day to many people all over the world.


The benefits of owning a pet

In our dedicated factsheet you can find a summary of benefits of human-animal interaction on human health and well-being. A comprehensive and more detailed catalogue of health benefits of pets has been developed by GAPFA members and can be found below. Read more in our dedicated factsheet Read more in our catalogue