‘Pets Together’ Program Helps Seniors, Nurses and More Have Virtual Playdates With Cute Animals

Animal Farm Foundation

“Animals — with their licks, cuddles, and silly antics — seem to make everything better.

We’ve seen the healing power of animals throughout the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as pet adoptions skyrocket, therapy animals bring joy to healthcare workers, and zoos throughout the country entertain us with live updates of their residents….”

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The ‘world’s worst cat’ just got adopted

Mitchell County Animal Rescue

“You might think being labeled the “World’s Worst Cat” would be an obstacle to finding a forever home, but not so.

Meet Perdita, a cat lovingly described by a rescue group as “just a jerk” — a kitty that stares “into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again” She’s the latest shelter pet to become an internet sensation….”

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17 dogs that really, really love sticks

Photo: Jaromir Chalabala/Shutterstock

“Many dogs love sticks. For some, it’s the thrill of the chase when the stick is thrown. Others just like the satisfaction of gnawing on wood. And some just like carrying around their prize like a trophy. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that sticks look a lot like bones. What’s not to love?….”

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More evidence that pets benefit mental health

Medical News Today

“Pet owners have long known — or rather, felt — that spending time with their beloved animal companion lowers stress and improves mood.

An extensive review that Medical News Today reported on included several testimonials from people living with mental health conditions who vouched for the emotional comfort and psychological benefits that their pets brought them.”

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