Top 5 Benefits of the Human-Animal Bond | HABRI

Ask any pet owner and they’ll agree, pets enrich our lives.

Did you know? There’s scientific research that supports the human-animal bond – or the mutually beneficial relationship between people and pets – for a happier, healthier life.

HABRI has created this new infographic highlighting the benefits of a healthy relationship with a pet.

HABRI hopes that in sharing this far and wide, we can encourage people to take care of their pets and remind them that in good times and in bad, our companion animals can be wonderful sources of comfort, joy and support.

Please consider posting this infographic on your social media channels, websites and with your colleagues, friends and family to help us strengthen the human-animal bond for all!

References

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