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
There are well-researched and documented benefits of pet ownership for everyone, from children to the elderly and those with special needs.
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 factsheetRead more in our catalogue