The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) recently announced that it has awarded four new research grants intended to explore the effects of human-animal interaction on human health. Subjects of the grant-funded projects range from the effects of pets on the development of social skills on children with autism spectrum disorder to their effects on the wellbeing of older adults living alone.
The four projects were selected from a pool of nearly 50 proposals HABRI received this year. Together, they represent the latest in the over $200,000 HABRI has awarded in research grants this year and the $2 million it has funded since 2010.
“These projects are exciting, including HABRI’s first two cat studies, and we look forward to seeing the results. Each year, HABRI receives an increasing number of research proposals, which is why we need even more support from within and outside the pet care community. Together, we will deliver the scientific research needed to strengthen the role of pets in the lives of children, families and the communities where they live.”
— Bob Vetere, President, HABRI
For more information about the latest research projects funded by HABRI as well as the results of its previously-funded grant projects, visit HABRI.org.