When dog owners meet, it helps build a safe and connected community.
A study of Australian and US cities has demonstrated that pet ownership strengthens people's connections with their neighbours.
More than 60% of Australian households include at least one companion animal, which are seen as family members by 88% of these.
With a majority of households having pets and growing numbers living in apartments, a review of regulations on keeping animals in such communities is timely.
RSPCA inspectors seized these dogs from one of the puppy farms that meet much of the pet shop industry demand.
The pet industry meets 'demand' driven by the 'right' to own a puppy. Animal welfare advocates respond with a 'vigil' to mark the 'shameful' fate of 250,000 dogs abandoned each year.
Pets can also provide their owners with social support, acting as a friend and confidante.
Links between human health and pet ownership are of widespread community interest but there’s little clarity about the issue in scientific circles. It is relatively safe to say that pets can be good for…