Many people in Massachusetts have pets such as dogs or cats that they consider family members. Although our furry friends don't have life expectancies as long as we would like, it is possible to be outlived by a pet.
Pets play an incredible role in many people's lives. The companionship and affection they provide is not only valuable in its own right. It also is remarkably beneficial in reducing stress and providing emotional support in an often-lonely world.
If you love your pet, you are not alone. More than 1 of every 3 Massachusetts households has at least one cat or dog, according to estimates by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And that's not even counting birds and other types of animals.