The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness is an organisation that was set up following the murder of British MP Jo Cox. Launched in January 2017, the commission planned to find ways to combat loneliness in the United Kingdom.

As part of this campaign, the organisation put out a call for submissions and the Society of Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) responded. Our submission can be read below:

Read the SCAS Submission to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.


Ginger cat laying down contently on a blue blanket

2018 SCAS Conference: Pets and Housing – Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Saturday 17 March 2018 saw delegates come from across the UK to The College of Animal Welfare in Cambridgeshire for the Society of Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) conference on pets and housing.

For decades, SCAS and its membership have had an active interest in the issues surrounding pets in housing; working to inform government and raise awareness of the health and social benefits from owning pets, and highlighting the potentially devastating consequences of having to surrender pets due to lack of positive pets in housing legislation. Continue reading

Dogs being fussed by people

IAHAIO Symposium 2018, Amsterdam

‘‘One Health in AAI: Current trends and future collaborations in research and practice.’’

More than 150 delegates from over 30 countries attended the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) symposium which took place from 24 to 26 October 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The symposium was hosted by the Dutch organisation AAIZOO. Continue reading

Dog being walked in a wood

Human-animal bond survey highlights a strong emotional bond between owners and pets, especially for those with health issues

A survey by Boehringer Ingelheim and Ipsos Research Institute has shown a number of health benefits to humans in owning a pet, with some key groups receiving the most benefit; namely those with depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, cardiac health complaints and children with health issues. Continue reading