Dogs for the Aged: Studies have shown that Alzheimer's patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home. Walking a dog or just caring for a pet, for elderly people who are able, can provide exercise and companionship. Often we hear from past adopters how much the pet has improved the owner’s quality of life.
Good for the Heart: Heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without, according to several studies. Pet owners have less signs of heart disease, lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, than non-owners.
Good for Mind and Soul: Pet owners are far less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. Benefits are especially pronounced when people are strongly attached to their pets. According to one study, stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than those people without pets.
Allergy Fighters: There is a growing number of studies that suggest that kids growing up in a home with "furred animals", whether it's a pet cat or dog, or on a farm with large animals, will have less risk of allergies and asthma.