Pets can break the ice

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

PETS are be­ing spruiked as a way to ad­dress so­cial iso­la­tion, fol­low­ing re­cent re­search. The Pet Fac­tor study, con­ducted in part by UWA, found that 54 per cent of peo­ple had got to know some­one in their neigh­bour­hood as a di­rect re­sult of their pet. One quar­ter of peo­ple said they had met at least one per­son through their pet. Lead au­thor of the study, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Lisa Wood from UWA, said pets cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­ter­per­sonal in­ter­ac­tions that could lead to deep, hu­man friend­ships.

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