Research confirms what most of us instinctively know to be true: the presence of animals in people's lives has a significant positive influence on the social, emotional and physical well-being of people.
Our companion animals can ease loneliness and calm the emotions; they can make us laugh and make us feel needed; and they can soothe us in times of illness or hardship. Many of our companion animals have been trained to provide mobility and independence for those in need. There is a very strong bond between humans and animals.
This relationship between humans and animals is referred to as Human-Animal Interaction (HAI).
There are many groups, small and large, formal and informal, that provide opportunities for enhancing HAI through their endeavours. As a result, the field of Human-Animal Interaction has grown considerably, due in no small part to the work of many of these groups in Australia.
The groups listed in this Directory play a special role in fostering our understanding of the human-animal bond.
That companion animals have a unique place in the human world is undeniable, as companion animals play an irreplaceable part in the enrichment of people's lives.
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