Society for Companion Animal Studies

Promote the study of human-companion animal bond

Pet Loss Support Online Surgery - 3rd July 2012

Duration: 70 minutes | Language: English

Tuesday, July 03 2012 | 6:30 PM (GMT Standard Time)

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About the Class

The Ralph Site and The Society for Companion Animal Studies working together to bring you The Pet Loss Support Online Surgery. Join us every fortnight on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm and share in some stories and experiences surrounding the loss, or anticipated loss of a much loved pet.

Each fortnight we will be looking at the questions, experiences and worries that people just like you are facing around the difficult time of losing a pet and we will be talking about them live and online at the Pet Loss Support Online Surgery.

This session focuses on the following aspects of pet loss:

How to deal with anticipatory grief - when your pet is old pr chronically ill - you know the time is coming and this can provide additional complications to your grief and the grieving process.

Responsibility grief - when you have a decision to make or you've had to make the decision to end your pet's life by ethanasia you can be left with feelings of doubt and guilt.

The bond between people and their pets and why we are affected so significantly when a pet dies or is lost.

How grief may affect you and what things may help.

Keywords: pet, bereavement, grief

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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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