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Benefits of Animal Companions

Wedding day bliss with pet dog included!

Young girl sitting with a young pig
Baby girl sitting with a baby cow

Human-Animal Bond

The Human-Animal Bond is one that has been present for as long as history has been recorded.  This bond is celebrated in every society throughout the world.  The Human-Animal Bond has many Physiological, Psychological and Social Benefits that have been observed, studied and recorded, but there is something more that it offers, that cannot be recorded, but just felt!  We at Project: THRIVE strive to share these benefits with our audiences but more importantly, we aim to celebrate and promote the ever so special Human-Animal Bond!

Animals have been demonstrated to improve human cardiovascular health, reduce stress, decrease loneliness and depression, and facilitate social interactions among people who choose to have pets.  Their positive effect on Children is what we aim to share in our program and class offerings!

Physiological Benefits

Animal interaction, whether active or passive, tends to lower anxiety levels and blood pressure, and decrease the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.  There is also evidence that children, who have had contact/interactions with animals at an early age, might have a decreased occurrence of allergies and asthma.

Student hugging Happy the Therapy Dog
Young girl hugging Bodhi the cow

Psychological Benefits

Pets play a significant supportive role for children and adults, reducing depression and loneliness and providing companionship and a need for responsibility.  Companion Animals also provide humans with a true feeling of non-judgmental and unconditional love!

Social Benefits

Animals often serve to facilitate social interactions between people.

For individuals with disabilities who may frequently be socially avoided by others, and in settings such as nursing homes, the role of animals as social catalysts is especially important.

Little boy thrilled about meeting Harper, the St. Bernard therapy dog

Benefits of Companion Animals on Children

The mere presence of animals positively alters children’s attitudes about themselves and increases their ability to relate to others. Pets help children develop in various areas including love, attachment, and comfort; sensory motor and nonverbal learning; responsibility, nurturance, and competence; learning about the life cycle; therapeutic benefits; and nurturing humanness, ecological awareness, and ethical responsibilities. Lastly, children exhibited a more playful mood, were more focused, and were more aware of their social environment when in the presence of a therapy dog!