Featured on Episode 6
As a psychology professor, she and her Research on the Human Animal Bond students have designed studies to understand the impact our pets have on our well being.
One of the studies included a survey on bondedness, here is the questionnaire they developed. The research found lower-income people are more bonded to their animals than wealthy pet owners.
Dr. Varnhagen says it showed:
"People who are low-income, disabled, or on social assistance, they're more highly bonded then people who are able to pay for the vet by themselves."