5 Ways the Human-Animal Bond is Improving Lives During the Pandemic | HABRI

While this Thanksgiving holiday is quite different for so many, one thing we can be thankful for is the human-animal bondPets have been a bright spot during the pandemic, and research conducted since the onset of the pandemic suggests that the human-animal bond is helping support the health and wellness of people and pets in important ways.  

To help raise awareness of the benefits of pets during these difficult times, HABRI created the following shareable infographic.

Please consider sharing this infographic on your social media channels, websites and with your colleagues, friends and family.

Giving thanks to our pets is more than a holiday tradition this year; it is a recognition of the growing importance of the human-animal bond. However you celebrate this year, HABRI wishes everyone a happy, healthy, and safe holiday.


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