Animals are wonderful companions and there are many benefits to owning one and living with them see article:
The article states findings from medical research that says: ‘University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician James E. Gern has conducted a number of studies that demonstrate having a pet in the home can actually lower a child's likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent.’
Some of the benefits of owning a pet are:
If you own a dog you can both stay healthier by playing catch in the yard with a Frisbee or ball. Or talking heart healthy long walks together.
Just being around an animal can brighten your mood and make your day happier.
Many people after being admitted to a nursing home never see family members again they are dropped off to live the remaining time they have alone and die. Having dogs and cats with them gives the patients something to look forward to and a better quality of life.
If you have a calm well behaved dog that loves people and want to bring a better quality of life to someone living in a nursing home check with the administrator and see if they allow animal visits.
If so be sure your animal is leashed and try a visit, you can have your first visit outside to see how well the dog responds to the patients and later schedule regular visits to see bedridden patients.
Dogs, cats, rabbits and small furry animals are great choices for someone living alone. Everyone needs someone to talk to and confine in, even if it’s another breed other than a human-being.