The expert sought to determine the value of the human-animal bond in a child's development, elderly care, mental illness, physical impairment, dementia, abuse and trauma recovery and the rehabilitation of incarcerated youth and adults.
Experts say that pets can not only strengthen human relationships but are also great stress busters.
They bring much joy in times of crisis, persistent adversity and disruptive transitions such as relocation, divorce and widowhood.
Pets are seen as co-therapists and a part of the healing process to ensure wellbeing.
Besides reducing stress, they are a loyal companion, provide security, affection and unconditional love.