Pets and their people have shared space at Glen Lennox since the landmark rental community opened its doors in 1950. We know that pets play an important role in the lives of their human companions—biologists refer to it as mutualism, where different species exist in a mutually beneficial relationship.
For example, domestic pets like cats, dogs, bunnies and birds contribute to the well-being of their humans, providing companionship, loyalty, constant entertainment and unconditional love. In return, the pets receive food and shelter, pats on the head or behind-the-ear scratches, and endless toys to bat around.
Cat or dog owners were found to have healthier blood pressure numbers and lower resting heart rates than those without. Simply watching fish swim in an aquarium has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce stress and emotional agitation. And, dog owners get more exercise thanks to frequent walks, which have the added benefit of boosting social interaction for both the dogs and their people.
People who live with indoor pets, or around larger farm or ranch animals, tend to have less risk of allergies and asthma. Pets decrease feelings of loneliness for people of all ages, especially so for those with limited social opportunities, such as the elderly. Those same seniors tend to stay more active and engaged in taking responsibility for the care of their pet.
Specially trained animals can have even more profound impacts on their owners. A service dog, for instance, can be life-changing for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Parents report that when with their service animal, a child’s language use and social interaction may be more active, or less problematic behavior occurs.
Pet ownership isn’t for everyone, but everyone who owns a pet stands to gain from it, emotionally and physically. We look forward to meeting the two- and four-legged pals who will call Glen Lennox home.