Scottish Labour’s Paws Clause

Scottish Labour believe everyone, particularly those who are vulnerable, should have the opportunity to access the wellbeing benefits that pets can provide. As such, their Green Paper, Paws Clause, has been developed to identify a number of potential policies which would help people in Scotland to keep their pets with them more easily.

We were delighted to be invited by Claudia Beamish (Scottish Labour Spokesperson for Environment, Climate Change, and Land Reform) to submit a formal response to this Green Paper to show our support and help influence the formal process for policy decision making within the party. Continue reading

Purina Better with Pets Prize initiative – closing date 15 April 2018

The BetterwithPets Prize, valued at CHF 100, 000, offers a fantastic opportunity for human-animal bond programmes and projects to gain support for their work. The prize is aimed at supporting and expanding leading innovations and initiatives focused on harnessing the positive power of the pet-human bond. This is a European initiative and entry is open to applicants from any country in the European Union as well as Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and Norway. Applicants will get the chance to win prizes totalling CHF 100,000 and receive feedback on their initiatives from experts in their field.  Closing date for application is 15 April. Further details can be found here.

SCAS seeking new Trustees

SCAS is seeking to appoint new Trustees to help drive its development over the next few years. SCAS’s Board of Trustees needs members with business skills, management experience and understanding of charities. Relevant professions currently not represented on the SCAS Board include social sciences, health and social care, web and digital development and medicine, including psychiatry and psychology. Trustees should ideally have relevant experience of the human-animal bond and must have an interest in this special bond and a commitment to the work of SCAS. Potential Trustees should have the drive and enthusiasm to take the charity forward.

Nominations for the Board need to be returned by the 1st March 2018. Elections will take place at the AGM on the 17th March 2018.  

Click here for further details of how to apply and the nomination form.


SCAS conference 2018 – Pets and Housing

Details of our next conference on 17 March 2018 are now available! Our focus for the conference is the important issue of Pets and Housing. We will explore the evidence and consider the latest findings as we look to raise awareness of how pets can enhance the health and wellbeing of tenants.

This event is free to SCAS members and £50 for non-members.