Pets are not human but display many human qualities like strong personalities, emotions and preferences. While pets are mere domesticated animals for those who do not possess them, for those few who do, they are not just dogs, cats or birds, but they are family. Pets work wonder for our soul, mind and body. They stimulate our sense of well-being. They give us love, they give us laughter but above all, they give us happiness. They do not care about our looks, financial status, creed, race, age and state of health. They see us as who we are, this quality of unconditional acceptance sets pets apart from humans. Anyone who has owned and loved a pet knows that pet ca be a source of enormous comfort in times of disappointment or grief. Looking after a pet often involves activities, like walking, grooming and playing with the pets. All these activities helps to keep the pet owner active. Pets provides an elderly a reason to get of bed and carry own with their lives. For elderly whose human support system is have been seriously compromised, pets along with companionship provide affection and understanding as well. Looking after pets make elder wanted and needed. This consciousness of being useful fills them with a feeling of self-esteem.
Pet ownership provides several psychological, physiological and social benefits. Medical research has proved that pets increases the longevity of those who have had heart attacks. Presence of pets is also associated to help maintaining the blood pressure. Children who have pets have better immune systems and are less likely to take days off from school. Pets are the silent custodians of children’s secret and private thoughts. Pets are not a cure or a substitute. They are a recommendation for happiness, fun, friendship, love, activity and better health.