Made for Each Other

The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond


By Meg Daley Olmert

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Nothing turns a baby’s head more quickly than the sight or sound of an animal. This fascination is driven by the ancient chemical forces that first drew humans and animals together. It is also the same biology that transformed wolves into dogs and skittish horses into valiant comrades that would carry us into battle.

Made for Each Other is the first book to explain how this chemistry of attraction and attachment flows through — and between — all mammals to create the profound emotional bonds humans and animals still feel today.

Drawing on recent discoveries from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, behavioral psychology, archeology, as well as her own investigations, Meg Daley Olmert explains why the brain chemistry humans and animals trigger in each other also has a profound effect on our mental and physical well being.

This lively and original investigation asks what happens when the bond is severed. If thousands of years of caring for animals infused us with a biology that shaped our hearts and minds, do we dare turn our back on it? Daley Olmert makes a compelling and scientific case for what our hearts have always known, that we were, and always will be, made for each other.


  • Patricia McConnell,

    "I've finished Made for Each Other, and do indeed recommend it for people who are interested in animal behavior in general, and specifically the biology behind the relationship we have with domestic animals....It's a great read."

    Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States

    "Made for Each Other was, for me, the most stimulating book of the year."

    Jackson Hole News & Guide (WY), 12/17/14

    “Offers all kinds of thought-provoking material assembled from research, but…never reads like a dull textbook.”

On Sale
Feb 23, 2010
Page Count
312 pages
Da Capo Press

Meg Daley Olmert

About the Author

Meg Daley Olmert, producer and writer for Emmy Award-winning series such as Smithsonian World, National Geographic Explorer, and the Discovery Channel Specials, lives on the eastern shore of Maryland.

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