The next day, a little research confirmed my thoughts:
- According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18 percent of U.S. population).”
- Numerous scientific studies suggest pet ownership provides benefits that include the lowering of blood pressure, reduction of stress, and the overall improvement of mental and physical health.
- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that 3 to 4 million companion animals in shelters are euthanized each year (60 percent of shelter dogs and 70 percent of shelter cats).
Read the Full Article by Domenick Scudera on Huffington Post HERE.