Our pets strengthen neighbourhood ties

Talk to any pet owner and you are bound to invoke stories about the joy and companionship of having a pet. But evidence is mounting that the effect of pets extends beyond their owners and can help strengthen the social fabric of local neighbourhoods. Now a cross-national study involving Perth, Australia, and three US cities has lent weight to the observation that pets help build social capital.

This is not a frivolous notion, given the erosion of sense of community is often lamented. As Hugh Mackay recently observed, not knowing our neighbours has become a sad cliché of contemporary urban life

https://theconversation.com/our-pets-strengthen-neighbourhood-ties-79755?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Weekend%20Conversation%20-%2077366119&utm_content=The%20Weekend%20Conversation%20-%2077366119+CID_5053a7faec7a585682f198b5f36f9188&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Our%20pets%20strengthen%20neighbourhood%20ties

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