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  1. Lending a Helping Paw: Streamlining a Volunteer Handbook

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrew Donati

    Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) relies heavily on its volunteers to carry out important operational needs that allow them to fulfill their mission of being a resource and advocate for local senior dogs and senior citizens. From overseeing adoption events to foster care to administrative...

  2. Providing Humans With Practical, Best Practice Handling Guidelines During Human-Cat Interactions Increases Cats' Affiliative Behaviour and Reduces Aggression and Signs of Conflict

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    | Contributor(s):: Haywood, C., Ripari, L., Puzzo, J., Foreman-Worsley, R., Finka, L. R.

    The importance of animals' experiences and associated comfort during Human-Animal Interactions (HAI), and particularly Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI), are increasingly recognised. However, there remains a paucity of published research, particularly concerning less formal but frequent...

  3. Impact of Human-Animal Interactions on Psychological and Physiological Factors Associated With Veterinary School Students and Donkeys

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    | Contributor(s):: Artemiou, E., Hutchison, P., Machado, M., Ellis, D., Bradtke, J., Pereira, M. M., Carter, J., Bergfelt, D.

    There has been an increased interest in evaluating human-animal interactions and assessing the mutual health and wellbeing. In this study, first-year female and male veterinary school students not paired (n = 58) or paired (n = 25) with immature (≤9 mo) donkeys (n = 13) were engaged in three...

  4. Love, fear, and the human-animal bond: On adversity and multispecies relationships

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    | Contributor(s):: Applebaum, J. W., MacLean, E. L., McDonald, S. E.

    Love and strong social bonds are known buffers in the experience of adversity. Humans often form strong bonds with non-human animals. The human-animal bond refers to a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between humans and non-human animals. Previous research suggests that strong bonds...

  5. Neural Responses of Pet Dogs Witnessing Their Caregiver's Positive Interactions with a Conspecific: An fMRI Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Karl, S., Sladky, R., Lamm, C., Huber, L.

    We have limited knowledge on how dogs perceive humans and their actions. Various researchers investigated how they process human facial expressions, but their brain responses to complex social scenarios remain unclear. While undergoing fMRI, we exposed pet dogs to videos showing positive social...

  6. Feeding Ecology of Wild Brown-Nosed Coatis and Garbage Exploration: A Study in Two Ecological Parks

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodrigues, D. H., Calixto, E., Cesario, C. S., Repoles, R. B., de Paula Lopes, W., Oliveira, V. S., Brinati, A., Hemetrio, N. S., Silva, I. O., Boere, V.

    Wild animals that feed on garbage waste are a problem in ecological parks as it can substantially alter their food ecology. Wild coatis that occupy human recreation areas in parks are often observed feeding on garbage, but the ecological consequences are scarcely known. Forty-four fecal samples...

  7. Companion Animals as Buffer against the Impact of Stress on Affect: An Experience Sampling Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Janssens, M., Janssens, E., Eshuis, J., Lataster, J., Simons, M., Reijnders, J., Jacobs, N.

    Companion animals have been identified as a unique source of social support and as contributors to mental wellbeing. This study uses the Experience Sampling Method to test whether this effect is due to stress-buffering. A total of 159 dog and cat owners responded to a series of randomly...

  8. Advancing Human-Animal Interaction to Counter Social Isolation and Loneliness in the Time of COVID-19: A Model for an Interdisciplinary Public Health Consortium

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    | Contributor(s):: Hughes, A. M., Braun, L., Putnam, A., Martinez, D., Fine, A.

    The mental and physical human costs of social isolation and loneliness-and their possible amelioration through human-animal interaction (HAI)-have both received intense attention since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its lockdowns, quarantines, and related mitigation measures. Concern...

  9. Companion Animal Type and Level of Engagement Matter: A Mixed-Methods Study Examining Links between Companion Animal Guardianship, Loneliness and Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Clements, H., Valentin, S., Jenkins, N., Rankin, J., Gee, N. R., Snellgrove, D., Sloman, K. A.

    To reduce the spread of COVID-19, countries worldwide placed limitations on social interaction, which is anticipated to have severe psychological consequences. Although findings are inconsistent, prior research has suggested that companion animals may positively influence human well-being and...

  10. Understanding the impacts of feline epilepsy on cats and their owners

    | Contributor(s):: Henning, J., Nielson, T., Nettifee, J., Muñana, K., Hazel, S.

  11. Changing with the times: A qualitative content analysis of perceptions toward the study and practice of human–animal interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Trevathan-Minnis, Melissa, Schroeder, Katy, Eccles, Emily

  12. I am Homo Sapien: Perceptions of Evolutionary Theory, Animal Identity, and Human–Animal Relationships Among US Law and Policy Students

    | Contributor(s):: Widdicombe, Leah J., Dowling-Guyer, Seana

  13. Human–Wildlife Interactions with Different Species in a Brazilian Park: A Naturalistic Approach

    | Contributor(s):: Valença, Tatiane, Resende, Briseida, Savalli, Carine

  14. Recreational Horseback Riding and Its Association with Physical, Mental, and Social Wellbeing and Perceived Health

    | Contributor(s):: Schwarzmüller-Erber, Gabriele, Maier, Manfred, Stummer, Harald, Kundi, Michael

  15. From Pets to Pests: Testing the Scope of the “Pets as Ambassadors” Hypothesis

    | Contributor(s):: Possidónio, Catarina, Piazza, Jared, Graça, João, Prada, Marília

  16. Love in Cold Blood: Are Reptile Owners Emotionally Attached to Their Pets?

    | Contributor(s):: Haddon, Celia, Burman, Oliver H. P., Assheton, Phil, Wilkinson, Anna

  17. Description and Determinants of At-Risk Interactions for Human Health Between Children and Dogs in an Inuit Village

    | Contributor(s):: Gouin, Géraldine- G., Aenishaenslin, Cécile, Lévesque, Francis, Simon, Audrey, Ravel, André

  18. The Effect of Therapy Dogs on Preoperative Anxiety

    | Contributor(s):: Foerder, Preston, Royer, Morgan

  19. The Relation Between Pet Ownership, Anxiety, and Depressive Symptoms in Late Life: Propensity Score Matched Analyses

    | Contributor(s):: Bolstad, Courtney J., Porter, Ben, Brown, Cynthia J., Kennedy, Richard E., Nadorff, Michael R.

  20. Human- Animal Interaction to Support Well- Being at University: Experiences of Undergraduate Students in the UK

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    | Contributor(s):: Aliya Khalid, Anne Rogers, Emily Vicary, Helen Brooks

    In the context of increasing concerns about student mental health and the therapeutic value of companion animals for mental health, there is limited understanding of the potential contribution of human- animal interaction in relation to undergraduate well- being. This study aimed to develop an...