“Calm or Chaos” : assessing the human-animal bond and its relationship in our lives.
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BA (Hons) in Social Science
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this study was to assess the human-animal bond and investigate the benefits animals have on our lives. The sample consisted of 135 pet owners, of which 45 were males and 90 were females. Quantitative analysis was used as the research method for this study. The findings indicated that dogs were the most popular choice of pet. Both males and females considered their pets to be members of their family with a higher percentage of females stated that their pets contribute to their happiness. The findings also indicated that a significant higher number of men were cat owners and stated their reason for getting an animal was for protection. Females considered themselves to be more attached to their pets and a higher percentage of females stated they would report animal cruelty however more males knew who to report animal cruelty to. Limitations of this research are discussed and suggestions for further research are proposed