Society for Companion Animal Studies

Promote the study of human-companion animal bond

The Human - Companion Animal Bond - National Pet Month 2012

Duration: 60 minutes | Language: English

Wednesday, April 25 2012 | 3:00 PM (GMT Standard Time)

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About the Class

As part of National Pet Month this one hour webinar looks at the bond between humans and companion animals (pets) - why the bond is so strong and how it can be so wonderfully and mutually beneficial to both people and our animal friends.

National Pet Month’s aims are to: promote responsible pet ownership, make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets, increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals and raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals.

Keywords: animals, pets, national pet month

Society for Companion Animal Studies Society for Companion Animal Studies

Profile Summary

The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) was established in 1979 to promote the study of human-companion animal interactions and raise awareness of the importance of pets in society.

SCAS is the leading human-companion animal bond organisation in the UK.

Over the past thirty years SCAS has established itself as the leading human-companion animal bond organisation in the UK.

SCAS work focuses on four key areas:

Information exchange: We produce a range of human-companion animal bond publications, maintain a reference library of research findings for our members, host an annual conference, and provide expert opinion on the bond to encourage positive pet policy and practice.

Education and training: SCAS delivers training to health, social care and veterinary professionals, in animal-assisted interventions, the human-companion animal bond and pet loss.

Research: We carry out our own research into the effects of pet ownership and interaction on different groups in society – for example, pets and older people. We also offer a research scholarship.

Helping vulnerable groups in society: In recent years, our work has focused on areas such as:

*encouraging sheltered housing and residential care homes for older people to adopt pro-pets policies; our Pets for Life campaign is ongoing
*highlighting the benefits of pets for children's health and education
*advising on animal-assisted therapy programmes and training
*supporting people who have lost a much-loved pet

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