There is a growing global trend to consider pets as part of the family. In fact, millions of people around the world love their pets, enjoying their companionship, going for walks, playing and even talking to them. And there is evidence suggesting that attachment to pets is good for health and even helps build community.
Demi Issac, Chief Consultant of Pegasus Animal Consultancy, explains, “A lot of people get over-enthusiastic when it comes to pets, but before constructing a pet farm, a lot of homework has to be done by the owners and not to go overboard”.
Demi Issac feels that there are a lot of people who get very excited about pets but they fail to sustain and try to keep the whole Noah's Ark. There are also people who started to set up a designated area since their collections for dogs or cats have become so big. Animals are being included more and more in family events and have become important to all members of the family.
“We can never be proud of our country until every living being has its own freedom. Why not help these innocent beings to have a home-like us and show some love for them too? Don't you think they deserve all that more than any of us? Let's join hands in making a home for our angels in disguise”, says, Kaviyasree Murugan, doctor and a pet lover.
Spending more time caring for a pet increases attachment to that animal, this, in turn, will reduce the stress of the owners.
Mahatma Gandhi understood the importance of the human-animal bond. In his autobiography he said “Man's supremacy over the lower animals meant not that the former should prey upon the latter, but that the higher should protect the lower, and that there should be mutual aid between the two”....