Episode 51

More Than Just an Animal: Pets Help the Heart Heal

Over the years, myriad studies have proven that animals have positive effects on people’s lives: Aside from the companionship, simply owning a pet can help reduce stress, increase physical activity, boost immunity, and improve cardiovascular health, among other physical and mental benefits.

For Dr. Stephanie Jones, the heart health benefits are paramount. She’s seen the profound impact of animal interaction among children and firmly believes that pets really can make the heart healthier. Not only physically, but—perhaps even more powerfully—emotionally as well.

As founder of the Florida-based Pets Help the Heart Heal, Dr. Jones has made it her life’s mission to uplift, educate, and inspire both children and adults through the power of the human-animal bond. And inspire she has!

In this episode, Dr. Jones shares her story: What prompted her to establish Pets Help the Heart Heal, why it’s so important to her, and how its mission is spreading across the country—and, more importantly, how you, too, can make a difference in a child’s life.

Episode Guest


Stephanie Jones


Founder of Pets Help the Heart Heal, Dr. Jones specializes in reproductive medicine and soft tissue surgery at the Animal Hospital of Ft. Lauderdale. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
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