The HABRI Foundation has announced the results of a study on the healthcare cost savings associated with pet ownership. The study, conducted by researchers at George Mason University, indicates that the cumulative effects of owning a pet save Americans an estimated $11.7 billion in healthcare costs every year.
There was abundant research to show that pets have a positive effect on our health, but this is the first time that anyone has looked at the impact on the U.S. healthcare system. Our analysis shows that pet ownership produces meaningful savings for total health care costs in the United States.”
– Terry L. Clower, PhD, Director of George Mason University’s Center on Regional Analysis