SCAS Code of Practice: Moving Towards a UK Consensus for Minimum Standards in Animal Assisted Interventions. #ISAZ2024 Workshop

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The SCAS Code of Practice in AAI was initially published in 2013 and revised in 2019. It serves as a guide for professionals, patients, and the public, outlining crucial steps to achieve best practices. As part of the SCAS Code of Practice Workshop, held at the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) annual conference, delegates will engage in an activity designed to assist SCAS in collecting valuable information and filtering ideas from experts, professionals, and the public. This input will inform the future update of the Code as it is a living document. Join the SCAS2024 Annual Conference (online) in October for an update on the SCAS Code of Practice. 

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The Bob Harvey Award: Recognising the Importance of Keeping Older People and their Companion Animals Together

The Bob Harvey Award, jointly created by The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) and Fostering Compassion, recognises a care home, hospital, hospice, or care facility that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep older people and their companion animals together.

Nominations are welcomed from anyone who is aware of any facility (anywhere in the world) worthy of consideration. The winner will be chosen by a panel of experts and will be announced at the annual SCAS conference on 20 October 2024.

Download a nomination form here

Read more about the Bob Harvey Award below. The story of Bob and his little dog Darcie illustrates why it is so very important to protect the human-companion animal bond.

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To Roam or Stay Home? Understanding “Pet Parenting” Types in Relation to the Indoor/Outdoor Cat Debate

SCAS member Kris Hill has published a paper in Anthrozoös, ‘To Roam or Stay Home? Understanding “Pet Parenting” Types in Relation to the Indoor/Outdoor Cat Debate’ (Read here: Open access!). The findings of the study were also the subject of a SCAS Webinar, ‘Coddled Companions or Pet Prisoners? Understanding ‘pet parenting’ types in relation to the ‘indoor versus outdoor cat’ debate.’ Recordings of passed SCAS webinars are available for a small fee (contact info@scas.org.uk).

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2024 Bob Harvey Award Nominations Now Open

The Bob Harvey Award, jointly created by The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) and Fostering Compassion, recognises a care home, hospital, hospice, or care facility that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep older people and their companion animals together.

Nominations are welcomed from anyone who is aware of any facility (anywhere in the world) worthy of consideration. The winner will be chosen by a panel of experts and will be announced at the annual SCAS conference on 20 October 2024.

Learn more and download a nomination form here

Nominations close 6 Sept 2024

Loneliness Awareness Week 2024 (10-16 June)

Embracing Connection: How Companion Animals Can Help Combat Loneliness 

By SCAS member, Lori Hoy.

Loneliness Awareness Week, held from 10-16 June this year, is a crucial time for reflection and action. It reminds us of the importance of human connection and the profound impact loneliness can have on our mental and physical well-being. Loneliness Awareness Week, created and hosted by the Marmalade Trust, is a week dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness across the UK (and beyond!) It’s all about creating supportive communities by having open, honest conversations about loneliness. This year’s theme is ‘Random Acts of Connection’ which “encourages everyone to increase those simple, everyday moments of connection which help us feel happier and less lonely”.

At the Society of Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), we believe that our beloved pets can play a significant role in alleviating feelings of loneliness. This week, we want to highlight how companion animals can help prevent loneliness, backed by scientific evidence, and explore how you and your pet can make a difference.

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‘No Pet’ Covenants and the Law

The use of ‘no pet’ covenants in private rental housing is a contentious subject in the UK and many other countries. In a new article by Dr. Debbie Rook and Prof. Brinda Jegatheesan, members of the International Steering Group on Pets & Housing initiated by SCAS, a Harm Assessment approach is proposed to the use of ‘no pet’ covenants in private rental housing. 

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SCAS2024 Conference: Call for Posters

Call for Posters to be presented at the 2024 Annual SCAS Conference, on Sunday 20 October 2024 (Online).

Abstracts are now being accepted for posters related to this year’s conference theme, Interdisciplinary Innovation: How can we advance research and practice in human-animal interactions?

Please use this form to submit an abstract (not to exceed 2,500 characters, including spaces and a short bio in the third person (not to exceed 600 characters): https://forms.gle/NZZuE1MrtMbVJAkJ8

Deadline for consideration is 31 July 2024.

If accepted, you will be required to produce a poster and a short video clip (approximately 3 minutes, MP4 file) of you presenting your poster before Monday 10 September 2024.

This year there are two prizes: one for the best overall poster and one for the best student poster, so please indicate on your entry if you are presenting as a student.

Thank You to All Volunteers!

We previously shared an article on the benefits of volunteering to volunteers, beneficiaries, and society for International Volunteers Day. Volunteers Week (3-9 June) is another opportunity to celebrate and support all the amazing volunteers who donate their time to help animals and people.

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers – past, present, and future – who continue to support SCAS!

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