Time with animals lowers cortisol, the stress hormone, and boosts oxytocin, the 'happiness' hormone. Simply interacting with animals can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Pets can be especially helpful as we grow older. They provide a better sense of purpose, and promote social connection. In this video, RCACP Kennel Manager, Meghann Cords, talks with us about Roanoke Adventure Dogs. This amazing program allows individuals to easily take a dog out for a walk on the greenway, a day at the lake, or hiking the AT. You can even take them with you to dog-friendly wineries or breweries around the area. This program is great to get the dogs out of the kennel for the day, and provides happy times for you and the dog. If you are looking to adopt check out their website www.rcacp.org for a full list of available pets.