Dog Owners Live Longer, It's A Proven Fact

Young girl holding head of a Beautiful Border Collie dog

The special bond between people and dogs has been scientifically proven to help people live longer.

70 years of global research has found that owning a dog "is actively protective against dying of any cause." There's a 24% drop in "cause mortality" for people who have a pup in their life. People who walk their dogs usually get at least 30 more minutes of extra exercise than those without a dog. Petting a dog reduces your blood pressure, and dog ownership can be associated with better outcomes after a major cardiovascular event.

Want to live longer? Own a dog.

Click the link to meet the dogs you can adopt at the Charleston Animal Society.

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