Supporting HABRI and its science-backed mission will help lead
to a healthful future for pets, their owners and the industry.
By Steven Feldman
When scientists show that owning pets can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, alleviate stress or help chil- dren with autism, they are not only solidifying the importance of pets in our individual lives, they are also helping to pave the
way for a more pet-friendly society overall.
Along with the scientific research on the health benefits of
the human-animal bond, widespread support from the pet care
community is integral to strengthening the role of pets in society.
With support from many of you in attendance here at SuperZoo—
manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of pet care products and
services—the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)
serves as a unifying force in the pet care space. With your support,
HABRI has funded 21 different original research projects and created the world’s largest keyword-searchable library of human-animal bond science.
All of this scientific work has a direct impact on pet ownership.
According to a HABRI survey, when educated on the scientific research on the health benefits of having pets:
• 87 percent of pet owners are more likely to recommend a pet to
a friend or family member
• 81 percent of pet owners are more likely to get another pet in
the future (if the one they have now passes away)
• 49 percent of pet owners (74 percent of millennials) are more
likely to get an additional pet
• 57 percent of pet owners who currently reported having multi-
ple pets are more likely to get yet another pet
We also know that all these current and future pet owners are
more likely to act responsibly when they know how good their pets
are for them, with 89 percent saying that they are more likely to take
better care of their pets.
A unified pet care community is also important when we address
decision makers in Washington, D.C. Proposed legislation, such as
the Pet and Women Safety Act, recognizes how important pets are to
our well-being. If passed, this bill would help ensure that victims of
domestic violence are able to access safe shelter with their pets. Victims of domestic violence often do not leave a dangerous situation in
fear of what might happen to a pet they leave behind. Research has
demonstrated that pets are family and that they help people recover
from trauma. This is just one example of how the human-animal
bond can shape public policy and facilitate positive societal change.
As you traverse the show floor, if you run into someone from the
World Pet Association (WPA) or any of the great companies and
organizations that support HABRI, thank them for their leadership.
And please consider getting involved yourself. Together, we will
show how the human-animal bond will result in more well-cared-for pets and healthier people benefiting from the healthy animals in
our lives. •
Steven Feldman is the executive director of the Human-Animal Bond
Research Institute (HABRI).
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