Many people are suffering needlessly when forced to choose between finding rental housing and keeping their companion animal. SCAS has supported its partner, Battersea, by signing their pledge to help show that renters want and deserve to experience the joys of pet ownership.
We encourage all SCAS members to also sign this pledge as individuals – you can do so here: https://bit.ly/3B9fJpz.
The Society for Companion Animal Studies’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place online on Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 7pm (UK time). All SCAS members are welcome to attend; a link and documents will be sent out ahead of the event.
Each year, the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) gives away a limited number of free conference places to delegates from developing countries who are interested in the relationship between humans and companion animals, and how they can protect and nurture this bond. This year, we are looking to give away five free places to those who are interested in pets in housing issues that would otherwise be unable to attend for financial reasons, but believe that attendance at the conference could provide the knowledge and understanding to support the cause in their home country.
The Annual Conference is a highlight of the SCAS year and we hope you can join us for this exciting (online) event on 18th September 2022! This year’s SCAS Conference, ‘Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?’, will focus on the challenges of pet restrictive housing and potential solutions. It’s a great opportunity for like-minded people to come together to hear the latest science and practice on a topic that’s important to the relationship between people and pets, supporting the bond to ensure people and pets stay together. International speakers at the forefront of research, policy, and education will help us learn about the latest advances in science as well as encouraging collaboration between researchers, healthcare professionals, and housing stakeholders who play key roles in improving access to pet-friendly accommodation.
We are looking for volunteers to
join our 2022 public advisory panel. As a member of the SCAS advisory panel you
would be invited to review some of this year’s applications for funding to help
us to make decisions about the projects we fund.
With Easter fast approaching, springtime traditions such as egg
hunts and Easter bonnets are in full swing. Alongside this there is of course
the ‘Easter Bunny’.
With rabbits being one of the most popular pets in the UK,
Easter can often be a time of year where rabbit sales soar. However, many
people who purchase rabbits do so on impulse and are unaware of their complex
needs which can result in immense suffering and surrender to rescue. This is
reflected in statistics from the RSPCA
who reported a 28% increase from the previous year of rabbits being taken into
their care during 2021.
This International Stress Awareness Week we take a look at some of the studies that have taken place with university students to look at the potential stress relieving effects of animal-assisted interventions on this group of people. Research in this area is vital to ensure the wellbeing of both students and animals. #InternationalStressAwarenessWeek#StressAwarenessWeek
Many dogs are
frightened of fireworks, and whilst this can be unavoidable, there are some
steps you can take to prevent stress and fear if your dog has not experienced
them before, or to try to minimise it, if you have a dog that is already