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Guinea Pig Appreciation Day

16 July 2021 is Guinea Pig Appreciation Day!

To keep the love of guinea pigs alive, Guinea Pig Appreciation Day celebrates everything that we love about these cutesy critters and celebrates just what it is that makes them great pets.

To learn more about how to take good care of your guinea pigs, check out PSDA’s dedicated webpage.

The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has funded research by Dr. Marguerite E. O’Haire, Purdue University, to study guinea pigs in classroom settings.

‘SCAS provided instrumental funding to enable our initial research on guinea pigs in school classrooms. With their support, we were able to identify that the presence of guinea pigs in the classroom led to improvements in social functioning for both children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their typically developing peers. These findings led to an ongoing stream of research on animals in school classrooms and for children with autism. I am grateful for their support of my own work and of the broader field’ (Dr. Marguerite E. O’Haire)

Read more about Dr. O’Haire’s research here: Animal-Assisted Intervention for Autism

Are you and your pet preparing for your return to office work now?

Some Workers Are Choosing Their Pets Over Their Jobs as Offices Reopen, But Will Animal-Friendly Workplaces Catch On? An article written by Melissa Chan for Time magazine addresses this question.

Are you and your pet preparing for your return to office work now?

Earlier this year, SCAS board members co-wrote an article to support owners to manage pet welfare during and after an extended ‘stay at home’ period.

Read the SCAS article here.

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.