By Abby Haglage | Yahoo News |
This past November, a 61-year-old Florida man was hit by an Amtrak train with his dog after running out to save her from its path. One month earlier, a woman in a California succumbed to the flames of a wildfire while trying to rescue her border collie from a car. And in September after Hurricane Harvey, a 25-year-old Texan was electrocuted after trying to save his sister’s cat from her flooded home.
The studies on humans’ attachment to pets is well-charted territory, as are health benefits associated with caring for animals. Science has shown that owning a pet can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, ease social anxiety, decrease doctors visits, and relieve depression. It’s an incredible overall value — one that millions of American families are taking advantage of.
According to the American Pet Products Association’s latest survey, 68 percent of U.S. households own a pet, a number that hovers around 85 million American homes nationwide. Of the pet owners overall, a Harris poll found 95 percent consider their animals a part of the family.
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