As we all know, the last couple of years have not been the most straightforward, and many people in America and around the world have had new or worsening battles with mental health.
During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, a share that has been largely consistent, up from one in ten adults who reported these symptoms from January to June 2019. Source—KFF.org
How do pups play into Mental Health Awareness Month?
Hugely and happily!
Puppies give their owners a sense of responsibility and companionship. Research shows that pets, especially dogs, are beneficial in the lives of their human companions. For kids, they teach responsibility and empathy, and for adults, they lower stress, and increase positive chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine. Companionship is another major factor in mental health. Isolation and loneliness are directly connected to depression and mental illness, and having a dog or other pets helps people feel both cared for and needed. This just begins to scratch the surface, and this month we'll continue to share about the various ways puppies and pets help our minds and bodies.
How do breeders and PuppySpot play into Mental Health Awareness Month?
Hugely and thankfully!
The best breeders are dog lovers that turn into dog breeders, and who take the physical and mental health of their dogs very seriously. They have the proper facilities, and put in the time and energy to give their dogs and puppies plenty of exercise, and socialize them with other dogs and humans. Pups that come from ethical and caring breeders are likely to be a great fit for the family that brings them home, which means less rehoming, less sheltered dogs, and more happy puppies and people. This is PuppySpot's mission—to make lives better by placing healthy puppies into happy homes. Every day, week, and month, we're honored to connect puppies with their forever family, and improve the lives of that family and that puppy.