DOGS & CATS AND BEYOND
Since their domestication thousands of years ago, dogs and cats have followed alongside humans doing everything from welcoming owners home and being loyal family companions to finding missing children and sniffing out
dangerous weapons. According to the Humane Society, there are a total of 78.2 million owned dogs in America, with 39 percent of U.S. households owning more than one dog. There are 86.4 million cats owned in the U.S. and 33
percent of U.S. households own at least one. With the number of owned pets continually growing, it’s no surprise how much these furry companions make a positive difference in both our daily lives and our world.
TO GOOD HEALTH
Studies show that owning a pet can decrease:
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol levels
- Risk of stress-related illnesses like heart disease, and auto-immune diseases
AT YOUR SERVICE
More than 40 years after the guide dog's arrival to the U.S. in 1928 service dog programs to help those with mobility and seeing problems began.
PART OF THE FAMILY
About 27 percent of owners include their pet in professional portraits with family.Santa, or the Easter Bunny.
Therapy dogs in schools help children gain confidence in their reading skills, improving reading proficiency by up to 12 percent.
70 percent of families report an increase in family happiness after bringing a pet into the household.
BRINGING YOU HOME
Founded in 1972, the American Rescue Dog Association is the oldest search dog organization in the U.S. ARDA dogs aided after the Haiti earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
REPORTING FOR DUTY
Dogs have been used by the military since 1942. Soon after, dogs were adopted into police forces, and today K-9 units can be found nationwide.
GETTING OUT THERE
Children who own pets are more likely to do sports, hobbies, clubs and chores. A family pet can teach children about responsibility and respect for others.
SOURCES: Center for Disease Control (1). ASPCA (2). The Delta Society (3.4). Canine Companions for Independence (5). University of California - Davis (6). American Rescue Dog Association (7). U.S. Defense Department (8)