Research has shown that pet ownership could have a big part to play in enhancing human well-being by staving off the growing social issue of loneliness and social isolation.

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has said that its research reinforces the importance of the social bond between humans and pets.

Many people responding to the research said that having a pet made them feel less lonely and 85% believed that interaction with a pet could help to reduce loneliness.