Companion Animals in Natural Disasters: A Scoping Review of Scholarly Sources
Contributor(s):: Travers, Cheryl, Degeling, Chris, Rock, Melanie
During a disaster, people may make evacuation decisions based on their companion animal’s welfare, therefore exposing themselves, their companion animals, and emergency responders to increased risk for injury or death. The loss and suffering of companion animals in disasters causes deep distress,...
Lancaster Pet Cemetery Memorial Plaques 1951–2018: An Analysis of Inscriptions
Contributor(s):: Auster, Carol J., Auster-Gussman, Lauren J., Carlson, Emma C.
Individuals in many cultures have a close relationship with their pets and think of them not only as companion animals but also as family. Research on the ways in which people memorialize their deceased pets has become increasingly important, and pet cemetery gravestone inscriptions have provided...
Measuring the Strength of Human–Animal Bonds in Zoos
Contributor(s):: Hosey, Geoff, Birke, Lynda, Shaw, Wendy S., Melfi, Vicky
Repeated interactions within individual human and animal dyads can lead to the establishment of human–animal relationships (HARs), which may vary in quality from good to bad, defined in terms of the positivity (e.g., friendly contact, play) or negativity (e.g., aggression) of the interactions on...
Exploring the Meaning and Experience of Chronic Pain with People Who Live with a Dog: A Qualitative Study
Contributor(s):: Carr, Eloise C. J., Wallace, Jean E., Onyewuchi, Chie, Hellyer, Peter W., Kogan, Lori
Pain is a significant burden for those with chronic disease and negatively impacts quality of life, causing disability and substantial work and health-care costs. Chronic pain has been identified as one of the most important current and future causes of morbidity and disability across the world....
Measuring Quality of Life in Owners of Companion Dogs: Development and Validation of a Dog Owner-specific Quality of Life Questionnaire
Contributor(s):: Oyama, Mark A., Citron, Lindsey, Shults, Justine, Brown, Dorothy Cimino, Serpell, James A., Farrar, John T.
Numerous studies have examined the link between companiondog ownership and improved physical or psychological health outcomes; however, few have examined the association between dog ownership and owners’ overall wellbeing or quality of life (QOL). Moreover, the potential for dog ownership to...
Using Attachment Theory and Social Support Theory to Examine and Measure Pets as Sources of Social Support and Attachment Figures
Contributor(s):: Meehan, Michael, Massavelli, Bronwyn, Pachana, Nancy
Companion animals are increasingly being recognized by society as beneficial to our health and considered by many owners as authentic and affectional family members. Human relationship theories help us to understand the emotional and supportive aspect of the human– companion animal bond. This...
Evaluating the Impact of a Humane Education Summer-Camp Program on School-Aged Children's Relationships with Companion Animals
Contributor(s):: Tardif-Williams, Christine Yvette, Bosacki, Sandra Leanne
This study evaluated the impact of children's participation in a five-day humane education summer-camp program on the quality of their relationships with and treatment of companion animals. We measured changes from pre- to post-program in 77 children (50 girls, 27 boys) aged 6–12 years. The...
Human Animal Bond Association Newsletter Volume 41 (Winter 2017)
Contents: President's Message HABA in the News International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care announces debut of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Program Fear Free Devon Rex Who Stole the Show
Parental Perspectives of Occupational Therapy in an Equine Environment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
| Contributor(s):: Kalmbach, D., Wood, W., Peters, B. C.
This paper reports on the qualitative phase of a mixed methods study of occupational therapy in an equine environment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study's quantitative phase found that this intervention improved the occupational performance, social motivation, social...
Horses Healing the Wounded Warrior: A Qualitative Inquiry of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy in Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Female Veterans
| Contributor(s):: Rebecca R. Wara-Goss
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a major concern for military veterans in the United States and current research on women’s experiences in the military and the effects of their post-military PTSD are limited. Currently, there are a variety of evidence-based and alternative...
Anita Ellen Aurit
Military Veterans and Their PTSD Service Dogs: Associations Between Training Methods, PTSD Severity, Dog Behavior, and the Human-Animal Bond
| Contributor(s):: LaFollette, M. R., Rodriguez, K. E., Ogata, N., O'Haire, M. E.
Stress, security, and scent: The influence of chemical signals on the social lives of domestic cats and implications for applied settings
| Contributor(s):: Vitale Shreve, Kristyn R., Udell, Monique A. R.
Although millions of cats live among humans worldwide the scientific community knows relatively little about cat behavior and cognition. Olfaction is an important perceptual sense for many members of Carnivora, however the role of chemical signals in cat social relationships is not fully...
Lessons from Listening to Horses | Lucinda Vette | TEDxOshkosh
| Contributor(s):: Lucinda Vette
The story of Cimarron, a former drug-running horse turned "teacher," illustrates the evolving role of the horse/human bond; and provides an inspiring framework for living and leading effectively, and from the heart, in an interconnected world. Lucinda Vette, an Oshkosh native,...
El vínculo entre el ser humano y los animales: aspectos psicológicos y psicopatológicos
| Contributor(s):: Paula Calvo Soler
Los animales de compañía ocupan un importante lugar en las sociedades occidentales. Así pues, tiene sentido que se preste atención a la influencia que estos animales ejercen en la sociedad, desde los problemas generados por la convivencia con animales de...
Owners' Attitudes, Knowledge, and Care Practices: Exploring the Implications for Domestic Cat Behavior and Welfare in the Home
| Contributor(s):: Grigg, E. K., Kogan, L. R.
PAWsitive Outlook: The Effects of Human-Animal Interaction on Incarcerated Women Participating in a Prison-based Animal Program
| Contributor(s):: Katherine Sohn
This study investigates the effects of human-animal interactions, bonds and relationships on incarcerated individuals through their involvement in a prison-based animal training program. The context of the study provides a unique opportunity to examine human-animal interaction in a situation of...
The Intersection of Aging and Pet Guardianship: Influences of Health and Social Support
| Contributor(s):: Ranell L. Mueller, Elizabeth G. Hunter
Studies of the human-animal bond show many positive health effects for pet guardians including a sense of companionship, reduced depression and loneliness, and higher activity levels, yet few studies have examined factors such as how the pet guardians’ health, age, and social networks...
Hearts and Hooves Therapy
Heart and Hooves Therapy is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. We are here to enhance the lives of children and adults, any age and ability with a different kind of therapy! We use AAA (animal assisted activities) and AAT (animal assisted therapy) to offer on-site sessions and off-site...