Pet Partners Commits $100K to Support Therapy Animal Research
Pet Partners will donate $100,000 to the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) to fund research on the health, education and wellness outcomes of therapy animals, for both the people and animals involved.
“Pet Partners recognizes the importance of developing scientific findings that further demonstrate the benefits to health and well-being associated with the human-animal bond,” said Annie Peters, president and CEO of Pet Partners. “Together, Pet Partners and HABRI will expand our knowledge, allowing more people to experience the benefits of high-quality therapy animal programs.”
In order to be eligible for this funding, investigators must incorporate registered Pet Partners volunteer therapy animal teams into their proposed research. As part of the organization’s registration process, all Pet Partners therapy animal teams must meet high standards in the areas of patient and public safety and outstanding animal welfare.
“Pet Partners programs are the gold standard for animal-assisted interventions, which will lend themselves to greater consistency and accuracy for research purposes,” said Steven Feldman, HABRI executive director. “We are grateful to Pet Partners for their leadership, generosity and commitment to high standards.”