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Australia is a nation of pet lovers. It is estimated that 63% of Australian households have some type of pet with 53% of households owning a dog or a cat.

Over many years, Australian and international research has shown that owning pets can help improve a person’s mental and physical health, reduce the effects of stress, help children learn about responsibility, facilitate social interaction between people and build a sense of community.

PIAS supports pet owners and those that may wish to own a pet by providing information to a range of organisations including state and local government, animal welfare groups, veterinary associations, dog and cat breed associations and the media.

If you are a journalist wishing to obtain information on pet ownership in Australia please contact PIAS on 02 9555 9675. If the matter is urgent or outside normal business hours please call 0419 362 442.

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The role of pets in the lives of the aged is particularly significant for those who live in a nursing home or in some situation of assisted care. Numerous studies show pets provide one of the few interventions capable of permanently lifting the atmosphere of hospices and nursing homes. Despite all this evidence, many nursing homes still do not allow pets, and fear of giving up their animal companion is a serious concern for many in the community.

For older people still living in their own home, pet ownership has many benefits including social facilitation and companionship as well as increased activity levels.

Internationally regarded town planner, Virginia Jackson, delivers a set of contemporary housing design guidelines that considers the valuable role that companion animals play in our domestic lives.

Searchable summaries of academic papers on the relationships between people and companion animals

Research and information on the role of companion animals in Australia, including the latest stats on pet ownership

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