The Mental Health Benefits of Pets

As a result of the tragic shooting at Central Visual Performing Arts /Collegiate High School this week, we would like to provide resources to help the St. Louis community during this difficult time. Are you looking for a place to seek comfort? We are open to the public during the week every day from 10 a.m until 6 p.m.

According to a study from HABRI (Human Animal Bond Research Institute), 74% of pet owners reported mental health improvements from pet ownership. In what ways do pets boost our mental health?

Mood Booster

Pets help us feel love. Eye contact or interaction with a person’s pet releases oxytocin, a hormone associated with happiness. Even better, the hormone is released in humans and pets.

Stress Reducer

Pets are always there for us. They make us feel loved and accepted no matter what. Scientists at Washington State University released a study in 2019 finding that petting a dog reduces cortisol levels. 

These study findings are even more of a reason to visit us at the APA and take a dog to the visiting room to pet for 10 minutes.

Physical Health

Pets increase physical fitness, lower blood pressure and help lower cholesterol. These physical benefits, in turn, positively impact your mental health.

For all these reasons and more, pets help boost our overall health. To help our community at this time, we will be holding a Fee Free Friday on October 28. We are open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, and all adoption fees will be waived.

Bringing people and pets together is what we have done for 100 years thanks to this community’s support. We’re here for you.

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