Why pets are important in our lives

Pets are important to our well-being and they enrich our lives in an infinite number of ways. They provide companionship, teach our children about responsibility, give us new purpose during career changes or retirement, play vital roles in our communities, and offer much-needed laughter and love at just the right moments. They are our best friends.

Yet every day, nearly 2,200 cats and dogs are killed in America’s animal shelters simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. These are animals who could be service dogs, therapy pets, beloved companions, public servants and more.

Explore the featured stories below celebrating the roles that pets play in our lives, or discover other inspiring animal stories from Best Friends Animal Society.


Woman and dog ready to go out for a run

The best way to exercise? With adorable dogs!
These volunteers are getting motivation to exercise while rescue dogs get fresh air, exercise and practice on the leash. It’s a win-win!
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Woman doing yoga and holding a kitten on her lap

Yoga with kittens, dogs and goats — oh my!
What do you get when you pair the soothing sights and sounds of pets with the time-tested practice of yoga? Some might say it’s purrfection.
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Woman holding a small black cat or kitten

From scaredy-cat to therapy cat
When Flex was rescued, he was a tiny, timid cat who had to overcome his fears. Along the way, he helped his adopter conquer her fears, too.
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