Cat and Dog

When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.

A.D. Williams

Girl with Horse

What The Research Says About Animal Therapy

Simply petting an animal can help you relax by increasing serotonin and oxytocin levels in the brain. Click the link to learn about the health benefits of animal therapy.

Dogs with Dog Walker

Mental Health Research

Social support. Coping with loneliness, stress, anxiety, and depression. All of the benefits of owning a pet. It's enough to convince your parents for a dog or a cat. (Or another one if you own a pet or two!)

The Science Behind The Human-Animal Bond

Mood Booster

Adopt a Pet

Brown Dogs

Learn more about pet adoption and locate shelters in El Dorado County. You must be 18 years or older to adopt a pet, so consider visiting a shelter with a parent.

Stress Less

Grey Cat

"Children with pets have less stress​", an article by Medical News Today, explains the mental health benefits of pet ownership.

Girl with Dogs

If you are skeptical of the benefits, consider reading this article.

Happy Pup

Having a pet can help with anxiety or depression. Read about it on Help Guide with the link below.