Famous Quotes on Pets and Well-Being

Motivational Quotes on the Benefits of Pets

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

Pets benefit people’s well-being in many ways, from joy to unconditional love. When animals and people live together in caring relationships, that can lead to stronger emotional, social, and physical well-being, research reveals. Let these famous quotes on pets and well-being motivate you to adopt pets and learn from them:

“I think having an animal in your life makes you a better human.” – Rachael Ray

“Our pets are our family.” – Ana Monnar

“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” – John Muir

“Animals are one of the most beautiful gifts we have.” – Alyssa Milano

“No one loves you as unconditionally as your beloved pet.” – Cynthia Dobesh

“The whole glorious history of animals with people is about joy and connection. It’s about loving this creature and letting this creature love you.” – Jon Katz

“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” – James Cromwell

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France

“You cannot share your life with a dog … or a cat, and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings.” – Jane Goodall

“Animals keep you company when you’re really lonely. It helps because when you have a friend around who always likes you no matter what – it’s harder to feel bad or down.” – Aaron Carter

“Our task must be to free ourselves … by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

“Animals are sentient, intelligent, perceptive, funny and entertaining. We owe them a duty of care as we do to children.” – Michael Morpurgo

“The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.” Robert Brault

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal: Difficult standards for people to live up to.” – Alfred A. Montapert

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” – John Grogan

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” George Eliot

“Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.” – Robert Wagner

“I don’t need that much to live – we don’t need that much to have a wonderful life. I learned that from animals.” – Carrie Ann Inaba

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Ever wonder where you’d end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash?” – Robert Brault

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles Schultz

“Dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.” – Gilda Radner

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud

“Just watching my cats can make me happy.” – Paula Cole

“You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.” – Jane Pauley

“Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.” –  Edward O. Wilson

“People who care about animals tend to care about people. They don’t care about animals to the exclusion of people. Caring is not a finite resource and, even more than that, it’s like a muscle: the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.” – Jonathan Foer

“I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs.” – James Herriot

“Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it’s a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of.” – Emmylou Harris

“The animals are right here, right in front of us. And how we treat these companions is a test.” – Linda Blair

“We can stop the cycle of animal homelessness and save lives by opening our hearts and homes to a loving cat or dog from an animal shelter.” – Amy Jackson