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How do pets impact our mental health?

Thomas Cairns
Fitzgerald Petey Corona Cairns and future SRA Kindergartener Maverick Cairns pose together on the couch. “Fitz was a Covid puppy so he has a lot of anxiety from not having a typical puppy experience. Maverick is his therapy and calms him down,” said Ms. Brittney Cairns, English teacher.

When animals are around us they make our mood better than ever—no matter the animal, cats, dogs, birds, rodents, snakes, lizards, etc. Scientifically, pets lower cholesterol levels, a stress-related hormone, and lower one’s blood pressure. Other studies show that pets reduce loneliness and boost social energy as they provide unconditional love.

Pets help people with conditions such as ADHD and autism. Animals can help people keep up a routine, for example, going on walks, feeding times, playing with them, etc. Pets especially help children with ADHD since the little ones have more energy and no way to release this energy. So, playing with their companion can be a good way to relieve all that energy.

“When I don’t have anything to do, I look for my cat and he comforts me because he’s so adorable,” says Steven Field, freshman.

Pets help with conditions like autism by providing a sense of an unconditional relationship and supporting their owner in building their social skills and self-confidence. The support pets can also provide comfort and the need to be calm in stressful social situations. With smaller children, animals can help with sensory issues, depending on the pet.

“Whenever I’m upset or angry my cat curls up next to me and helps me calm down,” says Natalie Brown, freshman.

Therapy dogs or animals help their companions when stressed – helping them relax while showing intense and unconditional love. Therapy animals don’t just help relieve stress – they are also able to help their owner with their depression, and anxiety, and help with developing social skills. Therapy animals are allowed to go to most places with their owners. Still, most business owners won’t allow any pets at all no matter if they are therapy animals or service animals. Most business owners prefer no animals in their buildings overall. The reason many landlords have a no-pet policy is that a pet could ruin their establishment and it would cost thousands to fix

Therapy animals, like any other pet, want to help in any way they can. But, therapy animals are more professionally trained than regular home pets. They are professionally trained to help their companion when their anxiety is too high or help us when we get too frustrated or stressed. Overall, any pet helps us return to our senses and will help us through our toughest times.

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Melanie Lua
Melanie Lua, Staff Writer
Melanie Lua is a Freshmen at Santa Rosa Academy. She has many hobbies and interests including art, games, and wrestling. Melanie is an animal lover and wants to become a veterinarian so she can help the animals. Even though Melanie wants to become a veterinarian she is unsure of what collage she wants to attend. She also loves music. Melanie is interested in the piano and guitar. 
Natalie Brown
Natalie Brown, Staff Writer
Natalie Brown, is a ninth grade student at Santa Rosa Academy. She is a staff member of The Lasso and is amazing at digital art and physical art. She loves to write about anything she is interested in. She is also a kind and outstanding writer. Some of her interests include bugs and cats. She also has a cat named Boof -- Boof is a fat black cat and she is very loud, very needy, loves to cuddle her owner, and cry out when she is hungry. Natalie is into the paranormal and even has a club dedicated to the super natural/paranormal. Her club is called the Mystery Club which is very new, so show kindness and support!
Ellie Cobb
Ellie Cobb, Staff Writer
Ellie Cobb; a very caring, smart, and creative individual. She has been attending Santa Rosa Academy for eight years and is a Freshman this year. She puts creativity into every aspect of her life, whether it be crocheting, baking, or writing a story. In the future, she wants to go to college and possibly become a marine biologist. While working hard at school and still finding time to give her cats attention, she has maintained excellent grades. Ellie would love to make an impact as an encouraging person and a great example to those around her.
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