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Free webinar – Stroke and PAT project with Sallie Bollans

LogoAnnouncing another free webinar from SCAS, this time presenting the Stroke and PAT project with Sallie Bollans from Stoke Rehab Dogs.

The webinar will take place on 15th September 2014 at 1pm (BST).  If you would like to attend the live webinar please register here: REGISTER TO ATTEND WEBINAR.

The Stroke and PAT scheme is a
collaborative partnership between Ruth Winston Centre and the national charity Pets As Therapy.

It offers stroke survivors the opportunity to incorporate a companion animal into their stroke rehabilitation treatment programme.  Pets As Therapy works in partnership with the lead professional Sallie Bollans of Stroke Rehab Dogs, to provide suitable volunteer PAT dog teams.

This free 45 minute webinar will offer an over-view of the project and the work that they do.  Useful for anyone interested in how AAI can be used in an occupational therapy setting, those associated with stroke rehabilitation or an interest in these areas generally.

Recordings of previous webinars are available for viewing from our webinar series pages.

SCAS Journal hard copy subscriptions now available

journalSummer14smWe know that some of you prefer to hold our journal in your hands and so we’ve now introduced the option to buy a subscription to the SCAS journal in hard copy format. Previously (and remaining as an option) you could buy individual copies of current and back issues but now you also have an option to receive your future copies of the SCAS journal by post as a hard copy.  This will be in the form of an annual subscription.

SCAS members continue to have free access to the electronic copy via the members only area.

The annual subscription buys 4 issues starting from the current issue and is available to purchase by Paypal subscription via our journal page, or you can send a cheque for the correct subscription amount (see below) made payable to Society for Companion Animal Studies.

Prices are: Annual subscription to SCAS journal hard copy by post:

Dispatched to UK destination: £30 per annum
Dispatched to EU destination: £40 per annum
Dispatched to destination outside the EU: £66 per annum

Please note that the summer journal 2014 will not be available for dispatch until approximately 1st July but is currently available to download from the members area.

“Death of an Animal Friend” – now available for Kindle

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The price of the booklet has been reduced to only £2.50  (approx) for this Kindle edition and can be purchased from Amazon.

The paperback version of this booklet is still available for purchase directly from SCAS.


PAWS (Parents Autism Workshop Support) – Free webinar from SCAS

If you have an interest in the human-animal bond and how pets can help children with autism then this free webinar from SCAS will be of interest to you.

The PAWS project from Dogs for the Disabled brings together the parents and carers of children with autism to share experiences and to explore the helping potential that a pet dog might have within their family.


The free 45 minute webinar will take place on 17th June 2014 at 1pm BST.  For more details and to register to attend this and other related webinars please visit our AAI webinar series webpage.

Pets for Life

Are you aware of our Pets for Life campaign?

BC_1232304Approximately one quarter of all people over retirement age own pets but SCAS research revealed that the majority of care homes and sheltered housing complexes in the UK do not have pet policies resulting in many older people having to part with their pets.

There are many situations where people of all ages find themselves facing difficulties and challenges when wishing to keep their pets with them in their homes. This can be as a result of a change in accommodation, a change in housing policies or other reasons beyond the control of the people and animals involved.

Find out more about our previous work with the Pets for Life campaign and get involved by joining one of our two new networking groups:

The Pets for Life Open Group is for people to discuss issues, share experiences or ask questions relating to the issues surrounding housing, homes, people and their pets. Everyone can join this group – so if you have been affected by housing and pet issues please do join the group and get involved.

The Pets for Life Working Group is for professionals and associates in the field to collaborate and work together with SCAS towards making positive change for people and their pets in relation to the issues people are facing with housing and pets.  If you would like to volunteer to help in this area and you have some relevant skills/background/knowledge to offer, please do request to join this group.

Open for applications – Introduction to Animal-Assisted Interventions

We are happy to announce that the “Introduction to Animal-Assisted Interventions” course is now open for applications for our January 2014 intake.

The course is delivered online over 13 weeks with full tutor support.

Full details of the course, the technical requirements and how to apply can be found HERE.

Places are limited so please do get your application in sooner rather than later.  We will be announcing two further intake dates for later in 2014 soon.



SCAS Journal Autumn/Winter 2013 – hard copies now available


After a break from publication as a result of our restructure, members should now be aware that the SCAS Journal for Autumn/Winter 2013 is now available for free download from the members-only area of our website.

If you are a SCAS member and have not yet registered on our new website in order to access the members-only area please do so HERE.

Hard copies of the journal are now also available and can be purchased securely online or by cheque.  Please order your hard copies HERE.

From Spring 2014 the SCAS journal will continue to be published quarterly.

SCAS publications available for purchase

Two popular SCAS publications “Children and Pets” and “Older People and Pets” are once again available for purchase through our website.

“Older People and Pets: A Comprehensive Guide” (2005)

Older People and Pets smCompiled by SCAS, this book provides an invaluable resource for anyone who is concerned about the well-being of older people, including health and social care professionals, veterinary staff and housing providers.

The reader is given insight into how companion animals improve health, provide social support and enhance the quality of life for older people in different settings – those living in the community as well as those in sheltered housing and residential care homes – and in different ways.  The book addresses a wide range of key issues, from animal-assisted therapy programmes, to the challenges faced by older pet owners moving into sheltered housing, to the impact of pet loss for older people.  The book contains some very useful guidelines on pet policy for housing providers and staff working in institutions.

Price £12.50 + P&P

Purchase "Pets and Children" a book published by SCAS

“Children and Pets: A guide for parents, teachers and therapists” (2003)

Parents have for many years recognised the benefits of pets for their children, but it is only in the last thirty years that the significant health and social benefits associated with animal companionship have been scientifically confirmed.  We now have a greater understanding of the special bond that exists between children and companion animals and how this bond supports children in different ways throughout life.

SCAS realised that much of the information and research on child-animal interactions would be of immense value to those responsible for children and who work with children.  Members of SCAS, experts in their respective fields, have collaborated to produce this publication, which will provide an informative, accessible guide to developing positive interactions between pets and children.

Price £5.99 + P&P

We also have a number of books and booklets available for purchase relating to pet bereavement support including: