In 2016, a team of Australian researchers set out to change the world for the better by making pets a more enjoyable and fulfilling experience for people to be around.
The Pet Paradise was founded by Dr Sarah McQuillan and her team and it was designed as a place to raise awareness of the health and welfare of pet ownership in the country, with the hope that a pet park would encourage people to adopt more pets.
In 2018, it opened to the public in the northern city of Hobart.
“We are so excited about Pet Paradise.
This is our first foray into the world of pet parks,” Dr McQuinn told ABC News.”
It’s the perfect place to introduce people to pet parks and see the world through their eyes, to see what it’s like to be pet parents and see how much better pets are being treated by our local governments and their pet care workers,” she said.
Ms McQuills father David, who also works in the pet industry, said the pet paradise was about giving people the opportunity to visit a new type of pet park and was the perfect opportunity to share the health benefits of pet owners with a wider audience.
Dr McQuann said the project had a positive impact on the lives of many pet owners and was an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in the health of pets and the wider community.
She said Pet Paradise’s success had been “unbelievable”.
“What we’ve achieved so far is a huge success,” Dr Quann said.
“The majority of the people who have come into Pet Paradise have been children and the vast majority of them have had pet allergies, but they’ve also been parents and they’ve been very positive.”
A new ‘pet paradise’ set up in Hobart for pet ownersThe first year of the pet-park project saw the number of pet allergies among children in Hoban fall by 40 per cent, to around 5 per cent.
A second year of Pet Paradise saw the figure jump by 30 per cent to 10 per cent and by 40 to 40 per half of all parents were pet owners.
Despite the positive impact, the research team said they still had many more to do before the pet owners were truly satisfied with their pet experience.
They had also noticed a number of problems in Hobans health care system and it had become increasingly difficult for children to see a GP and take prescribed medications.
“There’s no real evidence to suggest that Pet Paradise is any better or worse for children’s health than a local hospital or hospital in another state, so it’s really important for us to continue working to make Pet Paradise as successful as possible,” Dr McLaughlin said.
Read moreAbout the researchThe study found that the majority of pet parents felt pet owners treated them well, and a similar percentage were satisfied with the quality of the care they received.
It also found that many pet parents were not interested in purchasing a new pet, but were keen to know more about pet health.
However, the team said there was a real risk that the negative impact of pet-owning on people’s health was not being recognised by the wider public.
“A lot of the issues that we’re seeing in terms of allergies and medication misuse, that we’ve heard anecdotally from the public, and that we know that parents are very concerned about, we think it’s a big part of the reason why Pet Paradise has not been so successful, because we’ve not seen a real response to that,” Dr Macquillan said.
“There’s not a lot of public awareness around pet health.”
The research was funded by the Australian Government’s Pet Alliance and the Australian Pet Health Association.
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