"My Companion Through The Pandemic": The Importance of the Human-Animal Bond During COVID-19
| Contributor(s):: Christine Krouzecky, Jan Aden, Anastasiya Bunina, Katharina Hametner, Armin Klaps, Zuzana Kovacovsky, Nora Ruck, Birgit Ursula Stetina
The COVID- 19 pandemic, due to its global biopsychosocial effects, encourages re-search regarding the promotion of health. Studies in this area concentrate on the human–animal bond as a source of physical and psychological well- being (Shoesmith et al., 2021). In this context, contradictory...
Making the Case: Adding a Social Work Perspective to a Case Study in a Veterinary Practice
| Contributor(s):: Paula Gerstenblatt, Diane Rhodes, Dorothea Ivey
This article describes a case study exploration of a veterinary practice from the perspective of social work. Recognizing the stressful work of veterinary providers, including compassion fatigue and high suicide rates, the current study identified both a need for and the potential role of...
Editorial: Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research: A Decade of Progress
| Contributor(s):: Sandra McCune, Peggy McCardle, James A. Griffin, Layla Esposito, Karyl Hurley, Regina Bures, Katherine A. Kruger
Dogs and the Good Life: A Cross-Sectional Study of the Association Between the Dog-Owner Relationship and Owner Mental Wellbeing
| Contributor(s):: Merkouri, A., Graham, T. M., O'Haire, M. E., Purewal, R., Westgarth, C.
Dog ownership is believed to benefit owner wellbeing but, contrary to popular belief, there is limited evidence to suggest that simply owning a dog is associated with improved mental health. This mixed-methods study investigates whether dog owners with stronger relationships with their dogs...
Fantastic Beasts and Why It Is Necessary to Understand Our Relationship-Animal Companionship under Challenging Circumstances Using the Example of Long-Covid
| Contributor(s):: Krouzecky, C., Aden, J., Hametner, K., Klaps, A., Kovacovsky, Z., Stetina, B. U.
Studies in the field of human-animal interaction tend to highlight the positive results of the influence of animals on humans, which supports the popular belief that the human-animal bond positively affects humans' well-being ("pet-effect"). Nevertheless, contradictory results exist...
Noah’s A.R.T. was founded in 2015 with a mission: to utilise the benefits of the human-animal bond to improve mental health and wellbeing in Greater Manchester.
Investigation into owner-reported differences between dogs born in versus imported into Canada
| Contributor(s):: von Rentzell, K. A., van Haaften, K., Morris, A., Protopopova, A.
Over 1 million dogs are imported into the United States and roughly 340,000 dogs into the United Kingdom yearly. Although the official number of dogs arriving to Canada is currently unknown, local animal professionals estimate that thousands of dogs are imported into Canada each year. Dog...
Breed group differences in the unsolvable problem task: Herding dogs prefer their owner, while solitary hunting dogs seek stranger proximity
| Contributor(s):: Van Poucke, Enya, Höglin, Amanda, Jensen, Per, Roth, Lina S. V.
The communicating skills of dogs are well documented and especially their contact-seeking behaviours towards humans. The aim of this study was to use the unsolvable problem paradigm to investigate differences between breed groups in their contact-seeking behaviours towards their owner and a...
Risk Factors for SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Illness in Cats and Dogs(1)
| Contributor(s):: Bienzle, D., Rousseau, J., Marom, D., MacNicol, J., Jacobson, L., Sparling, S., Prystajecky, N., Fraser, E., Weese, J. S.
We tested swab specimens from pets in households in Ontario, Canada, with human COVID-19 cases by quantitative PCR for SARS-CoV-2 and surveyed pet owners for risk factors associated with infection and seropositivity. We tested serum samples for spike protein IgG and IgM in household pets and...
Timely Euthanasia in the United States Dairy Industry–Challenges and a Path Forward
| Contributor(s):: Jennifer B. Walker, I. Noa Roman-Muniz, Lily N Edwards-Callaway
Euthanasia is a valuable management tool utilized on dairies to end the suffering of sick or debilitated cows. Euthanasia should be implemented if an animal’s pain cannot be adequately alleviated and if there is a limited chance of recovery. To be humane, euthanasia should be quick,...
Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara
The mission of Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara is to empower people to live more fulfilling lives through the human-animal bond.
Returning a Shelter Dog: The Role of Owner Expectations and Dog Behavior
| Contributor(s):: Powell, Lauren, Lee, Brittany, Reinhard, Chelsea L., Morris, Margaret, Satriale, Donya, Serpell, James, Watson, Brittany
Millions of animals are adopted from animal shelters in the United States each year, although some are returned post-adoption, which can decrease both the animals’ chances of future adoptions and the owners’ willingness to adopt again. In this study, we investigated the impact of...
A Pilot Study Examining the Experience of Veterinary Telehealth in an Underserved Population Through a University Program Integrating Veterinary Students
| Contributor(s):: Lundahl, L., Powell, L., Reinhard, C. L., Healey, E., Watson, B.
Cost and transportation are two commonly cited barriers to accessing health care in both human and veterinary medicine within underserved communities. While human medicine has utilized telehealth as a means of breaking down this barrier, limited research exists to describe its use in veterinary...
Creation and Validation of a Tool for Evaluating Caregiver Burnout Syndrome in Owners of Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) Diagnosed with Behavior Disorders
| Contributor(s):: Barrios, Carmen Luz, Gornall, Vanessa, Bustos-López, Carlos, Cirac, Rosa, Calvo, Paula
Currently, domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) are the most common species among companion animals. The close bond that can grow between owners and their dogs could be worn out and finally broken due to various causes. One main cause is canine behavioral problems, leading to dogs being...
A View from Inside: Understanding Puerto Rico Cockfighting
| Contributor(s):: Aragunde-Kohl, Úrsula A., Segarra-González, Yahaira, Meléndez-Samó, Liza M., Hernández-Rivera, Ivemarie, Quiles-Peña, Carolina
Street Outreach Animal Response (S.O.A.R.) Initiative
Street Outreach Animal Response (S.O.A.R.) Initiative serves our Indianapolis community by working with people experiencing homelessness or crisis who also have pets. Our primary focus is on securing the human-animal bond and improving access to veterinary care & human services for...
A Friend in Prison: Human-Animal Bond, Stress and Self-Esteem of Detained Juveniles in Dutch Cell Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Karkdijk, Esther M., Duindam, Hanne M., Deković, Maja, Creemers, Hanneke E., Asscher, Jessica J.
This study examined to what extent the human–animal bond (HAB) had a positive impact on stress and self-esteem among detained juveniles participating in the prison-based dog training program Dutch Cell Dogs (DCD). Participants were 75 detained juveniles (mean age = 19.5, 86.7% male)....
The Implications of Policies on the Welfare of Free-Roaming Cats in New Zealand
| Contributor(s):: Sumner, Christine L., Walker, Jessica K., Dale, Arnja R.
A lack of national legislation for cat management in New Zealand poses challenges for ensuring that practices are consistently humane and effective. In this paper, we review the current cat management policies in New Zealand and the implications they have on the welfare of free-roaming cats...
Pet Ownership and Quality of Life: A Systematic Review of the Literature
| Contributor(s):: Scoresby, K. J., Strand, E. B., Ng, Z., Brown, K. C., Stilz, C. R., Strobel, K., Barroso, C. S., Souza, M.
Pet ownership is the most common form of human-animal interaction, and anecdotally, pet ownership can lead to improved physical and mental health for owners. However, scant research is available validating these claims. This study aimed to review the recent peer reviewed literature to better...
Family Member, Best Friend, Child or 'Just' a Pet, Owners' Relationship Perceptions and Consequences for Their Cats
| Contributor(s):: Bouma, E. M. C., Reijgwart, M. L., Dijkstra, A.
Describing the relationship with one's cat in human terms might reflect an underlying anthropomorphic view of the relationship which might be associated with an owner's behavior towards their cat and the cat's living environment. Owners self-categorized the relationship with their cat...