Author Archives: SCAS

What a therapy animal should look like!

We all want the best for our animals, especially when we are involving them with clients.

The “What therapy animals should look like” PowerPoint was put together by Dr Rise VanFleet of the International Institute of Animal Assisted Play Therapy®️. It looks at the body language of animals and includes images taken from the internet of therapy animals in different situations and explains whether they are displaying stress or enjoyment.

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New Frontiers’ Special Topic – Our Canine Connection: The History, Benefits and Future of Human-Dog Interactions

A new Frontiers’ Special Topic, Our Canine Connection: The History, Benefits and Future of Human-Dog Interactions includes theoretical and review papers summarising the latest research and practice in the historical development of our deepening bond with dogs, the physiological and psychological changes that occur during human-dog interactions (to both humans and dogs) as well as the selection, training and welfare of companion animals and working dogs.

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Spring IAHAIO Newsletter Now Available

The March newsletter from the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) is now available. This edition includes the new International Guidelines for Equine Care and Welfare, and Equine Training and Handling in Equine-Assisted Services. Everyone involved in equine-assisted services is encouraged to review these guidelines and help us to disseminate them widely.

View the newsletter here.

The Links – An Update from the Chair

Dr Ormerod, our Chairman, has been invited to present to staff at Teesside NHS on the link between animal cruelty, child abuse and domestic violence. This follows the publication of a paper she co-authored which for the first- time applied Bronfenbrenner’s bio-ecological model to illustrate a better understanding of family violence for practitioners. See Figure 1.

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The hidden anguish of tenants forced to choose between housing and keeping their pets.

The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), since its inauguration, has raised awareness about the harms caused by no pets in housing rules. 

Today, SCAS launches its Pets & Housing campaign to help tackle this topic which causes so much distress to pet owners and their companion animals. SCAS has held a number of conferences throughout the UK which have focused on the issues. Our Chairman, Dr Elizabeth Ormerod, has visited with overseas colleagues who facilitated the introduction of positive pets in housing legislation. Elizabeth has given presentations about the role of pets in society and the urgent need for pets in housing legislation at meetings in the House of Commons, in the House of Lords, in the Scottish Parliament and to MEPS in Brussels. The situation is becoming more critical due to the increasing demand for rental properties and the unintended consequence of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 which removed the right of landlords to request a returnable pet deposit. 

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