Best Friends for Life: Humane Housing for Animals and People This booklet from the Doris Day Animal League explains the federal laws that protect your right to keep pets in all federally-assisted housing, and if you are disabled, your right to an assistive animal in all types of rental housing. Chapters include "Disabilities and Assisted Housing," "Disabilities and Privately-Owned Housing," "Pets and Assisted Housing," and "Pets and Privately Owned Housing." Relatively easy to read compared with other sources of the same information.
http://www.bazelon.org Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law -- excellent, trustworthy site for information on the laws. Here are a couple of relevant pages on that site:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/everyday-recovery/201004/each-time-i-recover-enough-i-borrow-dog A Yale professor writes about the positive effects of walking a dog.
Scientific study published on America Psychological Association site: The Truth About Cats and Dogs: Pets Are Good for Mental Health of ‘Everyday People’ Study finds thinking about one’s pet is as beneficial as thinking about friends
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