Pets lead way to more friendships
PETS are being promoted as a way to reduce social isolation, following recent research.
The Pet Factor study, conducted in part by the University of WA, 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.
“Pets can be an ice-breaker when meeting someone new and a talking point with friends or acquaintances, which gives pet owners a wider social network and a greater sense of community,” she said.