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Grief Awareness Week 2-8 December 2023

‘It’s only an animal, get over it!’ is a cruel and heartless comment, but one that those grieving the death of a beloved companion animal are all too often confronted with. Even when friends, family, teachers, social workers, and colleagues are more tactful, it is often the case that many people simply do not understand the impact of losing a beloved pet.   

2-8 December is National Grief Awareness Week, spearheaded by The Good Grief Trust who share many wonderful resources to raise awareness and provide support to the bereaved.  In this post Kris Hill from the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) raises awareness of companion animal loss and shares some resources that may help those suffering.

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All-Party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group (APDAWG): Unsung Heroes 2023.

Tuesday 12 Dec 2023, Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster, House of Commons, London. 5.30-8.30pm. RVSP Here.

This looks set to be a unique and inspiring evening! The line-up of excellent speakers includes SCAS chairperson, Dr. Elizabeth Ormerod.

Follow link for more information: https://apdawg.co.uk/dec-2023-meeting

What does your cat need? Excellent resources from International Cat Care

The experts at iCatCare have produced a really helpful set of resources to help meet feline needs. The attractive posters are free to download and suitable for posting in veterinary centres, animal shelters and other contexts. Covering a range of issues for owners wishing to optimise their cat’s quality of life, they include great advice on encouraging your cat to eat and drink at home, the five pillars of a healthy feline environment, signs of pain, and cat friendly resources to support toileting, feeding, play, travel, scent communication, and safety & comfort.

The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) Annual Conference: Sunday 17 September 2023

This year’s conference, ‘Are pets really good for us? The role of pets in mental and physical health‘, will focus on the evidence-based research demonstrating how human-animal interactions support our physical and mental health.

Book a place now! Reduced rates for SCAS members and students. Recording will be available to all registered participants.