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Pet Partners Commits $100K to Support Therapy Animal Research


January 6, 2020

Press release: The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) announced that Pet Partners, the nation’s leading organization in animal-assisted interventions, will donate $100,000 to fund scientific research on the health, education and wellness outcomes of therapy animals, for both the people and the animals involved. This marks the second year in a row that Pet Partners has contributed to HABRI’s research grant program, raising the total amount awarded to $200,000.

“Pet Partners therapy animal teams play a vital healing role for so many people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and communities,” said Annie Peters, president and CEO of Pet Partners. “Funding HABRI research will help validate the work of these dedicated volunteers and their amazing animals with scientific data, while also delivering important information that will advance best practices in the field.”

In order to be eligible for HABRI-Pet Partners funding, investigators must incorporate registered Pet Partners volunteer therapy animal teams into their proposed research. As part of the organization’s registration requirements, all Pet Partners therapy animal teams must meet high standards in the areas of patient and public safety and outstanding animal well-being.

“We are grateful for our dynamic partnership with Pet Partners and for their sustained commitment to scientific research,” said Steven Feldman, HABRI executive director. “Last year’s contribution funded two important research projects that we expect will produce meaningful results, and with this generous donation, we will work together to make an even bigger impact in 2020.”

In addition to funding provided by Pet Partners, researchers can apply for other HABRI grants to investigate the health and wellness outcomes of pet ownership and animal-assisted activities. Proposals should have a strong theoretical framework and take an innovative approach to assess the effect of companion animals on humans within the categories of child health and development, healthy aging, and mental and physical wellness.

This announcement is a supplement to HABRI’s 2020 Request for Proposals, open now through February 13. For more information on HABRI funding opportunities and the award application process, please visit HABRI’s website.

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