More than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community

  title={More than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community},
  author={Lisa Wood and Billie Giles-Corti and Mahesh Bulsara and Darcy-Anne Bosch},
  journal={Society \& Animals},
Companion animals (pets) exemplify the affinities possible between humans and nonhuman animals. Evidence documenting a diversity of emotional, physical, and therapeutic benefits of pet guardianship (ownership) substantiates sentimental anecdotes from pet owners. Although the literature focuses primarily on the “one to one” benefits accruing from interactions with pets, this paper explores the potential role of pets as facilitators of social interactions and sense of community. Th e paper uses… 

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