Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Study Shows More Than Half Of Ontario Pet Owners Trust Their Pet More Than Their People!

TORONTO, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - A recent Harris/Decima study1 reveals that more than half (57%) of Ontario pet owners think animals are more reliable than people.
Pets offer us unconditional love and acceptance, which feeds our psychological needs as a species.  It is not uncommon for people to become deeply attached to the companionship that pets provide, looking to them as confidantes, matchmakers, personal trainers or even therapists.  In fact, statistics show that nearly all Ontarians (92%) talk to their pets, and close to a quarter confide in Milo or Fido - even confessing their biggest secrets.
But what's the psychology behind why pets make our lives richer?
On December 15th and 16th, psychotherapist Margaret Schneider is available to discuss the powerful bond between pets and humans.

Who:  Psychotherapist Margaret Schneider, speaker and educator specializing in the animal-human relationship
What:  Why it is all in our head: The enormous effect pets have on humans, in particular our emotional health
  Love, love me do-g: How pets help us start and manage relationships, romantic, platonic and familial
  Pets: the original "social network": How our pets help us to connect with people in our community
  Taking the dog park online: New online communities that can connect pet lovers
When:  December 15th and 16th, 2010
1The Harris/Decima omnibus poll was an independent poll commissioned by NestlĂ© Purina PetCare Canada and conducted between November 11 and 14, 2010.  It surveyed 1,014 adult Canadians, of which 781 own or have owned a cat or dog.  The margin of error for this subgroup is +/-3.5%

For further information: Aly Ruiz / Janessa Bishop / Lorna Freeman
Environics Communications
416-969-2763 / 416-969-2669 / 416-969-2711 / /