I today saw a Facebook video written by a friend which highlights the importance of a relationship with a pet. I attach another video.
Humans have a long history of relationship with domestic animals and nowadays pets often act as “social substitutes” through bonding.
There is also some evidence that pet presence at home may induce well being in people and the development of social skills in children.
Animal assisted therapies aim at developing these skills in patients on the basis of human animal interactions.