The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) recently announced that it had awarded grants to five projects examining the effects of human-animal interaction on human health.
The five projects that will receive HABRI grant funding focus on a wide range of topics within human-animal interaction, including the effects of human-animal interaction on the physical health of older adults, mental health of adolescents, and the quality of life of pediatric cancer patients.
“With human-animal interaction research more clearly documenting the impact of the human-animal bond on mental and physical health, it is important to support research on how companion animals can benefit vulnerable and at-risk populations. This new group of research projects is particularly exciting as two of the studies will add to existing HABRI research results on the benefits of dog walking for physical activity and the impact of therapy animal visitation on the quality of life of pediatric cancer patients. Two studies will look at mental health and preventing suicide among teenagers, a population that is often overlooked.”
— Bob Vetere, President, HABRI
Since 2010, HABRI has funded 26 research projects investigating the effects of human-animal interaction on humans and animals alike. HABRI has also supported the development of HABRI Central, a digital library for the study of human-animal interaction. In total, HABRI has contributed more than $2.75 million to funding new human-animal interaction research.