Pocket Pets: So Small, But Still a Big Responsibility

Pocket Pets: So Small, But Still a Big Responsibility Mammals so small they can fit in your pocket are an attractive option for those looking to add a pet to their lives. But just like larger, more commonly-found cats and dogs, pocket pets come with important health, habitat, and care needs. Learn more about how […]

Owning a dog can help your heart, study finds

Every day, the dogs need a walk. Every day, they’re helping their owners’ hearts in more ways than one. According to a new study published by Mayo Clinic, people who own pets, but especially dogs, are more likely to have better heart health. Continue reading at GMA Photo credit: Ryan J. Lane, Getty Images

Dogs Around the World: Celebrating International Dog Day

Dogs all over the globe are man’s best friend, but owning a dog is so much more than companionship. Dogs can help us be more active, improve our mood, and help us feel safer. International Dog Day celebrates the deep connection between canines and humans; here are some fun facts about dogs around the world: […]

Cast Your Vote for the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill

For more than ten years, AHI has celebrated pets by hosting a friendly, non-partisan contest to elect the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill. Congressional judges have selected the 2019 finalists, and the public is invited to vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced on September 18 at Pet Night on Capitol Hill. VOTE HERE

Backyard Buddies: Protecting the Health of Wildlife and People

Observing wildlife near our homes or in public spaces like parks can be interesting, calming, even inspiring. It helps us feel connected to nature and can provide a respite from the stress of modern life. But it’s important that humans observe and respect wildlife from afar since contact between wildlife and humans or domesticated animals […]

Dogs Are Even Smarter Than You Think

How much do you know about what goes on in your pup’s head? Do you believe it’s all pretty simple in there? Just thoughts about dinner, the cat next door, and more dinner? Think again. Dogs have been known to learn hundred of words, do arithmetic, and guess what people and other dogs are thinking. […]

International Cat Day: Celebrating Our Love for Cats, All Over the World

Pet love is global: more than half of people internationally have a pet living with them. Argentina, Mexico and Brazil have highest percentage of pet owners, followed by Russia and USA. One third of the pet-owning households in the US own a cat, and it’s easy to understand why. Cats are great for families, they […]

Well-matched pets bring benefits

People reap many benefits from having a furry companion. According to Amanda Miller, co-owner of affoGATO, a cat cafe in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, and Sunny Simon, director and founder of the South Euclid Humane Society in South Euclid, the benefits can range from mental changes to physical or lifestyle changes. “Animals have a very healing […]

CDC: Dogs & People – A Deep Bond

Dogs have a well-deserved reputation as man’s best friend – their loyalty and affection for their humans is easy to spot. And with dogs in more than 60 million households, they can easily claim status as the country’s most popular pet. But dogs are more than loveable and fun: research has found that dog owners […]

7 science-backed ways a pet could be the best thing for your health

Americans love their pets. In fact, most of them have at least one furry friend. Surveys disagree on the exact number, but an estimated 49% to 68% of Americans are pet owners. In the last few decades, scientists have tried to determine whether the “pet effect” — being healthier just by virtue of being a […]