BENEFITS OF HUMAN and
a University of Maryland study conducted between 1977-1979, scientists
discovered a correlation between pet ownership and human well-being. The
study was conducted to determine the social factors related to mortality
from heart disease--factors included income, social encounters, mood,
neighborhood, and life changes. The subjects studied were 92 patients
discharged from a coronary care unit. The study revealed that of the 92
patients discharged from the coronary care unit only three deaths occurred
among the 53 pet owners, while of the 39 subjects who did not own pets,
11 died. After accounting for other variables, the researchers concluded
that owning a pet improved a patient's chances for survival. (From Between
Pets and People by Alan Beck and Aaron Katcher).
To enhance the human-animal bond and to help keep adopted pets in their
new homes, Animal Friends Connections offers the following education programs:
Behavioral and husbandry seminars conducted
by local experts.
First Aid for Pets, a workshop that shows
proper first aid for your dog and cat.
Therapy dogs, a five-part education course
to certify dogs and their owners as therapy teams.
Pet Loss Support, group support meetings
for those who have lost a pet or anticipate the loss of a pet.
Feral Cats Program, support and advice on how
to manage a feral cat colony.
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