The Benefits and Power of Pets

Pets are powerful healers

There is well-established evidence to support the huge physical, emotional, mental, emotional, and social benefits of Pets As Therapy, especially when the pet and handler have been trained in specific health & safety, risk assessment, infection control, and safe pet positioning.

“If a new medication were reported to have the same benefits that pets provide it would be hailed as a medical miracle.”

Over 66% of Australian households have a pet. This is the highest ownership of pets per household in the world.

Pets serve us in many ways – as helpers as companions and for therapy. Humans have always enjoyed a close and rewarding relationship with other members of the animal kingdom.

Companion animals have worked with us in agriculture, engendered caring and responsibility in our children, acted as social facilitators, protected our property and gifted us with lifelong loyalty.


  • Some 12 million Australians are associated with pets
  • More than 83% of Australians have had a pet at some time in their lives
  • Of the people who do not own pets at present 53% would like to have a pet in the future.
  • Australians are typically responsible and caring pet owners, caring about the effect their pets may have on the health, well-being, and safety of their neighbours.
  • Reported inconvenience caused to neighbours by pets is low

The pet care industry, already one of the largest in Australia, contributes around $2.2 billion to the economy and employs over 30,000 people, and is still growing.

Benefits for Pet owners

  • Visit the doctors less often and use less medication
  • On average have lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure
  • Recover more quickly from illness and surgery deal better with stress
  • Are less likely to say they are lonely.

Get your 40-page information e-book on clinical research

We have compiled a 40+ page information e-book on clinical research, statistics, and the many benefits of pets. We can email you this book for the fee of $10.00 (Australian). This is an excellent resource for students and health professionals researching Pets As Therapy and the benefits of pet. Please email us for details.