Pet-friendliness and all its positives!
With pet ownership on an upward trend which seems to keep rising – our economy and lifestyles are adapting to become more pet-friendly.
One of the important benefits associated with a pet-friendly environment is that it supports the mental health of individuals, as proven with various studies undertaken, which is especially vital today with the uncertain times due to the COVID-19 environment.
Studies have shown that interaction with pets helps support mindfulness, reduce stress and anxiety as well as increase social interaction, to name a few and society today is starting to realise that the power of pets is not limited to their cuteness but also to the very real companionship they provide.
Let’s explore some facets of how we are changing towards a more pet-friendly environment:
Many businesses have recognised the significant benefits of welcoming pets into the workspace as research has shown that pets support employees’ positive wellbeing through increased work-life balance, morale, and productivity in the office as stress is reduced. However, it is important to consider implementing practices regarding pets in the office to ensure that pet-friendly workplaces’ effectiveness can be achieved whilst also being adequate for the pets themselves.
Pet-friendly hospitality venues
Australians are known to love and enjoy the company of animals, and in light of the shifting trend where consumers are more reluctant in leaving behind their pets, various hospitality venues such as cafes, pubs and services, including uber and hairdressers, are adapting and going on-board with the trend of becoming pet-friendly whilst ensuring proper protocols to ensure hygiene and prevent contamination. Who doesn’t love a cappucino with Robbie the terrier wrapped at one’s feet?
A vast majority of Australian households (> 63%)are known to own pets; however, there are notable struggles in securing a pet-friendly rental property. With new legislation that has come into force, renters who are also pet owners have now better access to pet-friendly properties than ever before. This change in regulations is especially important in regards to the increasing rate of pets being abandoned or surrendered to shelters. And with COVID, where the vacancy rates of properties are higher than ever, it is essential for landlords to now consider shifting to pet-friendly premises as there is an abundance of pet owners seeking rental properties.
In conclusion, our powerful connection with our pets has made many businesses across different industries consider switching to become pet-friendly. The benefits of pets on premises will also help boost the economy and support individuals’ lives by promoting and supporting positive wellbeing and mental health.