Stella’s Ride works with companies to build engagement through outings where teams are connected with rescue dogs who need help finding a home. By encouraging interaction between dogs and humans we create a meaningful opportunity to boost morale and allow both a much-needed break from their daily environment.
Stella’s Ride fosters connections between humans and animals to enhance the wellbeing of both. Working together, rescue organizations benefit from increased exposure of their dogs while companies are empowered by an opportunity to help homeless pets.
Throughout the experience, we capture photos and videos that are posted to social media channels along with a donation link to the participating rescue organization. While our primary mission is to provide enrichment for humans and animals, there’s evidence to show that doggie day out programs have had a positive impact on adoption rates.
As of January 2020, more than 80 percent of large companies and 50 percent of small companies have implemented workplace wellness programs.
$3.3 Million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year
Owning a pet is linked to significantly lower heart rate and blood pressure in response to stress. In one study of cardiovascular reactivity to stress, those with pets had significantly lower resting baseline heart rates and blood pressure and faster recovery of these parameters to baseline after cessation of stress.
According to a HABRI survey of family physicians, 87% said their patients’ mood or outlook had improved as a result of pet ownership. Another study found that pets, through serving as a distraction from typical symptoms and encouraging activity, helped people cope with depression and other long-term mental health issues.
Pets can provide people with the kind of social support that can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. A survey commissioned by HABRI and Mars Petcare found that 85% of respondents (pet owners and non-pet owners) believe pet interaction can help reduce loneliness and 76% agree human-pet interactions can help address social isolation.
Research demonstrates that owning a dog can lead to lower rates of obesity and increased weekly exercise. One study analyzed data from the 2005 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey and found that dog walking was associated with a significant increase in walking activity and physical activity.
Several studies have demonstrated an association between pet ownership and a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases and heart-related health issues. Dog ownership has been associated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and a reduced risk of mortality.
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