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How owning a pet can improve your mental health

Nothing is more central or important to the human experience than our mental health. While it’s beneficial to implement daily practices for your overall well-being, one decision could change your life and the life of an animal for the better. At the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, we believe that the human experience is enriched by animal companionship. Did you know that adopting a pet offers several mental health benefits (beyond having a cute, furry friend to spend your time with)?   Pets can help reduce stress If you explore any college campus around the end of a term, you’ll probably notice several furry friends intermingling with students. A growing number of colleges offer students sessions with therapy dogs to help reduce end-of-year stress, and with good reason. Studies show that after spending time petting and playing with therapy dogs, students reported lower levels of stress and anxiety. Studies also show that the presence of pets in workplaces can reduce stress and increase employee satisfaction. Further research shows that the act of petting a dog or a cat can... Read More

Foster families save lives

At any given time, there are more than 100 animals living at the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.... Read More

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month: 5 reasons why you should adopt a feline friend

June brings the official start of summer, but it also brings cats, cats and more cats! Did you know that... Read More

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