Some useful information

You may have been watching “Operation Meet the Street” on BBC television this morning (or recently) and have arrived at the Society for Companion Animal Studies website looking for more information about how pets can be helpful in combating loneliness … Continue reading

Animal-Assisted Interventions – Code of Practice (UK)

SCAS are delighted to announce the publication of the first Animal-assisted Interventions Code of Practice for the UK. As public awareness of the benefits of animal-assisted interventions increases and more providers are looking to set up programmes, there is an ever … Continue reading

AAI Code of Practice (UK)

As public awareness of the benefits of animal-assisted interventions increases and more providers are looking to set up programmes, there is an ever growing need to ensure a consistent, responsible and safe approach to these interventions.  With the help of our … Continue reading

Pet-friendly accommodation

While some care homes do recognise the benefits of older people owning pets and as a result accept residents’ animals, pet-keeping rules are often drawn up arbitrarily and applied inconsistently. This can make the process of finding the right accommodation for you and … Continue reading

Terminology

There are a number of ways in which people refer to the inclusion of animals in therapeutic practice. The definition adopted by SCAS is: Animal-assisted Interventions: Any intervention that intentionally includes or incorporates animals as part of a therapeutic or … Continue reading

Research

The human-companion animal bond is of great public interest as well as a growing area of study for the scientific community. The study of human-animal (all species) interaction, still in its infancy, is known as anthrozoology, but the field is … Continue reading

People with diverse needs

There is increasing evidence to show that companion animals provide a source of comfort, enhance well-being and help to reduce isolation in people experiencing emotional distress or mental illness. Assistance dogs A growing number of people with physical disabilities and … Continue reading