Pet psychologists exist and are relatively easy to find, but pet therapy is actually for people.
Pet therapy is used in nursing homes, schools, prisons, and other places where people are at high risk of stress, depression, and loneliness.
Pets are brought in to help reduce the effects from these problems.
Research has shown significantly improved mood, blood pressure, and heart rate in people who are entrusted with the care of a cat or dog.
It’s a win-win situation: positive changes are also seen in the animals that are cared for or adopted.