Pet Therapy

The soothing action of stroking a dog’s fur, watching fish swim across an aquarium, or even listening to a cat’s purr, can provide stress-reducing comfort not easily afforded by other means. The effect pets may have on reducing the stresses that go along with illness may actually stimulate a physiological response to reduce tension and stress, which in turn may reduce the physical problems. Pets often create a sense of purpose to continue living, to nurture and care for a beloved little “family member.” By providing unconditional love and attachment, pets can increase a sense of self-worth and induce a survival mechanism of their owners.

Studies have clearly indicated that owning a pet has been demonstrated to:
• Lower blood pressure
• Lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels
• Decrease the incidence of minor health problems
• Reduce trips to the doctors by senior citizens
• Decrease heart attack morbidity rate by 3 percent
• Improve the pet owner’s psychological well-being
But the benefits of pet therapy can work both ways. The people who provide pet therapy services often speak about how rewarding it is for them. Even better, pets and people of any age can volunteer in a therapeutic capacity. Some organizations even prefer to provide pet therapy to senior citizens using older pets—further proof that age doesn’t matter when love is involved.

Researchers are finding that pets truly have the power to heal their owners, especially the elderly. The most serious disease for older people is not cancer or heart disease, but loneliness.

Too often, people who live alone or are suddenly widowed die of broken hearts. Love is the most important medicine and pets are one of nature’s best sources of affection. Pets relax and calm. They take the human mind off loneliness, grief, pain, and fear. They cause laughter and offer a sense of security and protection. They encourage exercise and broaden the circle of one’s acquaintances.

Patients in hospitals and nursing homes who have regular visits from pets – whether their own or those brought in from various agencies – are more receptive to medical treatment and nourishment. Animals give the patient the will to live and in nursing homes, the medical staff is often surprised to see residents suddenly “become alive.” Animals have a calming effect on humans and benefit mental well-being, especially with children and the elderly.

Children, especially those who are abused or neglected, are able to communicate with animals. A pet offers a safe place for a child with emotional problems. They give unconditional love, providing a security blanket.






Featured Dogs:
Chief is a 5 year old male German Shepherd. He needs a large fenced yard where he can get lots of exercise. Chief knows sit and does well on a leash. He needs to be the only dog in the home. He was found as a stray so we don’t have any information on him before he came to shelter.

Pixie is a 3 year old bulldog/pitpull blend. She is a medium sized dog. Very friendly and learning to walk on a leash. she was found as a stray so we don’t know any information on her before coming to shelter.

Other available dogs-

Kruz is a 5 month old pit bull puppy. He is friendly and knows sit and does well on leash. Lots of energy.

Logan is a male pitbull blend. Very friendly. Loves his toys.

Chance is a male border collie. Very friendly, loves people, knows sit and wait.

Available cats; At this time there are no cats for adoption

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. and