A pop-up pup-up is gracing London today (September 1), and you’re going to be barking at the moon if you can’t make it over to King’s Cross for this day of dog-petting.
Over the space of a glorious eight hours (10:30am – 6:30pm), Londoners have the chance to head into a petting booth to say hello to some furry friends.
Who do we have to thank for this pop-up to end all pop-ups? Well, insurance brand ManyPets have teamed up with Pets As Therapy to give us this blessed space, and they’ve got some new research to prove why its needed now more than ever!
According to the ManyPets findings, cuddling and stroking pets is the most popular “stress-busting activity” in the UK, with 40% of responses saying this helps. It came just ahead of having a cup of tea (30%), and reading a book (29%) to clinch the top spot.
Having a “Netflix marathon” also scored high at 28%, with going for a run – maybe even running an actual marathon! – coming in just behind at 27% to round off the top five responses.
64% of those who don’t own a pet also reckon that having one could improve their mental welbeing. Well, guys, we have just the place for you tomorrow from 10:30am, open to all stressed out commuters and offering plenty of pups to cuddle at King’s Cross!
Oke Eleazu, CEO of ManyPets UK, said: “As Brits navigate a stressful period, many of us are looking for moments of happiness to help us unwind and de-stress. Research and science show the huge benefits that pets can bring to our lives – from being our best friends and therapists, to our spirit animals and personal trainers.
As our data shows, 64 percent of Brits would love to pet a pup to improve their mental wellbeing, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with our good friends at Pets As Therapy to open the doors to our pop-up Petting Booth. We hope the Petting Booth provides a bit of light relief from everyday stresses for city workers, commuters and tourists – so head on down for some PLC (Pet Loving Care) and get petting!”
Find the petting booth at Battle Bridge Place, King’s Cross today (September 1) between 10:30am – 6:30pm.