Three ways you and your pet can make a difference during Loneliness Awareness Week 2021

Three ways you and your pet can make a difference during Loneliness Awareness Week 2021, June 14-18th

Pet owners know only too well about the joy that comes with living with companion animals. Our pets seem to be instinctively attuned to our emotions. Dogs, for example, aren’t only able to understand many of the words we use, but they’re also phenomenal at interpreting voice tone and body language. And like a human, a loyal dog will often look into our eyes to understand our emotional state in order to better read and understand our mood – sad, happy, angry, or stressed.

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Could your dog volunteer to become a ‘befriender’ this National Volunteers’ Week 2021?

How amazing volunteers and their ‘befriender’ dogs are making a difference to patients at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


For #VolunteersWeek, the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) is highlighting the work one member leads to bring ‘Befriender dogs’ into hospital wards to support patients.

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How you and your pet can make a positive difference during NVW

National Volunteers’ Week, 1-7 June 2021 #VolunteersWeek

If you’ve got a bit more spare time on your hands following retirement, an empty nest or reduced working hours, then volunteering could be a rewarding way to spend some time this National Volunteers’ Week from 1-7 June, 2021. If you’re a dog or cat owner, your four-legged friend can get involved too!

Figure 1. Why not share the joy of your pet with someone this National Volunteers’ Week, June 1-7
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National Volunteer’s Week: 1-7 June!

This year’s National Volunteer’s Week takes place from the 1-7 June and this year aims to give recognition and thanks to volunteers across the country.

As part of this, we will showcase some of the amazing work that our members do; it could be through volunteering themselves or running a charitable organisation that relies on volunteers to make the magic happen.

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Careers in Anthrozoology Panel at ISAZ

SCAS trustee Dr. Sandra McCune will participate in the ‘Careers in Anthrozoology Panel’ that is hosted by the International Society of Anthrozoology (ISAZ) on the 21st June 2021. This half-day workshop is for students, postdocs, and early career researchers and is a satellite event of the 30th International Society for Anthrozoology Conference (June 22-24). The workshop is free for ISAZ student members and conference registrants.

Care home residents with dementia find comfort and joy in robotic pets

This week is Dementia Action Week; a week that looks at how to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. Towards the end of last year, care charity, Methodist Homes (MHA), started trialling the use of robotic cats in three of its homes. The life-sized cat robots purr, nuzzle their head into the hand of the person stroking it and roll over onto their back for a tummy rub.

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