Things We Do For Pets: Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond

whether you’re a cat person, a dog lover, or a proud owner of other delightful creatures, the bond we share with our pets is truly extraordinary.

In our latest podcast, “Things We Do For Pets,” we delve deeper into heartwarming stories, explore the human-animal bond, and celebrate the extraordinary lengths we go to for our beloved companions. Tune in for tales of courage, compassion, and the enduring magic of our furry friends. 🐾🎙️


The Joyful Connection Between People and Their Furry Companions

Pets hold a special place in our hearts, enriching our lives in countless ways. From wagging tails to gentle purrs, they bring comfort, companionship, and unwavering loyalty. As we explore the fascinating world of pet ownership, let’s delve into the heartwarming stories and scientific evidence that highlight the profound impact pets have on our well-being.

1. The Pet Population Surge

In recent years, Canada has witnessed a surge in pet ownership. Here are some intriguing statistics:

  • Over Half of Canadians Are Pet Owners: A whopping 56% of Canadians share their homes with at least one pet. Dogs and cats lead the pack as the most popular choices.
  • Regional Trends: Pet ownership varies across provinces. Quebec, Atlantic Canada, and Ontario have higher pet ownership rates, while the Prairies and British Columbia (BC) lag behind.

2. Cats vs. Dogs: The Great Debate

The eternal debate—cats or dogs? Let’s break it down:

  • Equal Numbers: Approximately 32% of Canadians own a dog, while 31% are proud cat parents. Interestingly, demographic differences play a minor role. Whether you’re under 44 or over 45, your chances of being a cat or dog owner remain remarkably similar.
  • Gender Dynamics: Women slightly edge out men in pet ownership (59% vs. 54%). Moreover, women are more likely to be cat enthusiasts (36% vs. 28% among men).

3. The Pandemic Pet Boom

The pandemic brought unexpected joys, including a surge in pet adoptions. Consider these heartwarming facts:

  • Pandemic Pets: Approximately 900,000 Canadian adults—3% of the population—welcomed their first pet during the pandemic. These furry companions provided solace, laughter, and a sense of purpose during challenging times.

4. The Human-Animal Bond: A Scientific Perspective

Beyond the anecdotes, scientific research underscores the profound impact of pets on our health and happiness:

  • Lowered Blood Pressure and Anxiety: Spending time with pets lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. At St. Louis Children’s Hospital, patients find solace in visits from their beloved pets, motivating them to recover and return home.
  • Reading Skills and Companionship: Elementary school children who read aloud to dogs showed improved reading skills and a positive attitude toward reading. The human-animal bond transcends age and species.

5. Pets as Family Members

Almost unanimously, pet owners believe their furry friends enhance their lives. Pets become cherished family members, offering unconditional love, joy, and a sense of purpose.

Remember, whether you’re a cat person, a dog lover, or a proud owner of other delightful creatures, the bond we share with our pets is truly extraordinary. 🐶🐱❤️


  1. Abacus Data Survey
  2. Scientific American: Pets Improve Human Health—But We Improve Theirs Too
  3. NIH News in Health: The Power of Pets
  4. Harvard Magazine: The Health Benefits of Owning a Pet


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