Sharing our lives with an animal helps us treat stress, depression, high blood pressure, and increases social interaction and physical activity. The simple act of petting an animal has been shown to lower your heart rate and increase a sense of well-being.
Looking after our pets also contributes to our sense of purpose. For many who are elderly or have a disability, or who are suffering from temporary financial hardship, this is critical to their well-being.
Since opening its doors in 2002, the Farley Foundation has assisted more than 11,200 pets, including: