Companion animal bereavement survey for a SCAS sponsored study

Photo by Professor Samantha Hurn

Did you share your childhood home with companion and/or support animals? If so, members of the Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) team would be very grateful if you could complete their survey.

The project ‘How best to say goodbye?’ is funded by the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), and explores new ways of enfranchising childhood experiences of grief following the loss of nonhuman life or the termination of a support relationship.

2022 Sponsorship for Human-Animal Bond Studies

Through this sponsorship program, Purina aims to encourage high-quality scientific studies that lead to a better understanding of the Human-Animal Bond. Purina seeks to promote fundamental knowledge of the benefits that cats and dogs bring to us in different environments and situations. Purina will also encourage communication of the study findings, so the benefits of the Human-Animal Bond can reach people and their cats and dogs worldwide.

The PURINA SPONSORSHIP FOR HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND STUDIES provides research funding to applicants affiliated with (but not limited to) universities, foundations, charities, and NGOs. Applicants may request up to $30,000 USD per proposal.

Application forms are available at Completed applications must be sent to

Application deadline for 2022 sponsorship program ends on July 15th, 2021 at 11:59 pm US Central Standard Time. Read more about this funding opportunity here.

PhD Scholarship in Human-Animal Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University is offering a funded PhD Scholarship to work on a project titled ‘Interspecies care work in theory & practice: From shared marginalisation to mutual flourishing.’

The aim of the project is ‘To reframe our understanding of care work as a relational and interspecies experience, which is shaped by elderly people, care workers and companion animals (and others).’

Closing date: 30 July 2021

Click here for more information about the project and how to apply.

How Pets Help Us to Age: Interview with SCAS trustee Dr. McCune

SCAS trustee Dr. Sandra McCune talks to Steve Dale about The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute and a research paper she co-authored with Dr. Daniel Promislow on how you can delay aging, or at least a few issues associated with aging, by sharing your life with a dog.  There are also many similarities in how dogs age and how we age.

The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute has brought together a who’s who of leaders in the world of human-animal bond studies and anthrozoology to talk about ideas and research the bond further. Soon, 14 different scientific papers will be released.

Click here to listen to the interview