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Homeless with Pets: Nurturing the Human Animal Bond with Dr. Gillian Squirrell

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Animals are good for us.  Humans are hardwired to be interested in other animals.  We're probably the only species that likes to keep other animals as pets. 

Research has shown that animals are helpful to our health and well-being. Animals reduce heart rate, blood pressure and stress.  Just looking at animals, usually mammals, leads to the release of oxytocin a neurohypophysial hormone, which helps de-stress us encouraging feelings of well-being.  If you don't believe us check out the dogs opposite.  

There are plenty of stories in the media about pets being loyal to their guardians -  alerting to a fire or an on-coming epileptic fit. There are plenty of accounts of the work that dogs do helping our military, emergency and volunteer services with alerting, detection and search work and providing comfort in the aftermath of trauma.  

Homeless with Pets is all about supporting and developing the value of the human-animal bond and the well-being of those at both ends of the leash. How those who are home-less care for their pets, many of whom were with them before the loss of their homes, is part of this story. 

Dr. Gillian Squirrell is our guest for this conversation. Linda Lombardo hosts. 

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