You’re a pet owner, so you already know that spending time with your lovey makes you feel good. But do you know that pets can help boost levels of serotonin and dopamine, lower blood pressure and improve your overall health? That’s the therapeutic power of pets, according to an article published in Helpguide, a nonprofit mental health and wellness website.

The article reveals that pets have evolved to become acutely attuned to human behavior and emotions. Dogs and cats especially can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, while keeping us active with daily walks and outings. Pets also are wonderful companions for children, helping them grow to be more secure and active.

If social distancing is making you feel a bit removed, spend more time with your pet. Take them on walks, snuggle with them on the couch, play fetch in the yard or teach them a new trick. And, if you know a friend who could use a companion, put them in touch with any of the local animal adoption and rescue groups featured on our In Focus blog. Adoption will be good for them—and their new furry friend.