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New project highlights companion animal policies of assisted living facilities

  1. Christopher C Charles

    Animal Welfare League Australia (AWLA) is launching a new project to help individuals in assisted living facilities maintain positive relationships with animals. The project, called Positive Ageing in the Company of Animals, will investigate the attitudes and policies of assisted living facilities regarding companion animals through a widely distributed survey. Many people are forced to give up their pets when they enter an assisted living facility or other care center. These separations can be emotionally devastating for the human and fatal for the animal, many of whom are euthanized upon relinquishment. Through Positive Ageing in the Company of Animals, AWLA intends to help individuals make better-informed choices regarding care facilities by highlighting those that are pet friendly, while also encouraging policy change in facilities by demonstrating a need for companion animal support.

    The results of the survey, which began earlier this summer, will be made available some time in early 2014.

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