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April 4, 2015
by Cindy Ariel,Phd


The Extraordinary Bond Between People and Pets

April 4, 2015 07:55 by Cindy Ariel,Phd  [About the Author]

Pets offer important social and emotional support to their adoptive family members. According to the American Humane Society, 164 million or 62% of American households included at least one pet in 2012. Research published by the American Psychological Association found that pet owners can be just as close to some of the people in their lives as to their pets. Because the bond can be so vital, lack of compassion regarding the loss of a pet can interfere with the healthy mourning process for many grieving pet owners. [More]