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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Christmas In July : HABRI

Animals make a huge difference in our lives and how we are able to make that bond is amazing.

Here is a newsletter I get weekly with HABRI


A Message From The 
Executive Director
 

Dear Colleagues,
 
HABRI is proud to announce the second published paper resulting from HABRI funding - The Long-Term Benefits of Dog Ownership in Families with Children with Autism. The study looked at the effects of pet dogs on families with a child with autism in order to determine the long-term benefits of pet ownership. Results show that even several years after getting a dog, stress levels among parents continued to experience a steady decline, and family harmony improved. This study demonstrates the incredible power of pets to positively impact the quality of life for families affected by autism. In the year ahead, you can expect more exciting results from HABRI-supported projects currently in the field. All of this is made possible by the generous support of companies and organizations that know just how important companion animals are to improving our health and enriching our lives.

I hope you enjoy this week's articles!

Sincerely,
   
Steven Feldman

Kaine announces support for the PAWS Act to help veterans
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has announced his support for a bill to help veterans by giving them greater access to service dogs. Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, announced his support for new legislation to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The bill, known as the Puppies Assisting Wounded Service members (PAWS) Act, would help veterans suffering from PTSD to access innovative treatment methods to improve their quality of life. The bipartisan bill was originally introduced by Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Read more.

'Senior Dogs Across America' Tells The Beautiful Stories of Aging Pets
Their poses and expressions remain eerily similar to those of humans, as they gingerly approach LeVine's lens, stare confidently into the camera, or calmly ignore their surroundings in favor of perfect tranquility. They demonstrate what it is we love about the pets who've stuck by our sides for the years we, too, have aged. "They remind us of the best in ourselves," the book's publisher, Schiffer, writes. "And as they lose their vigor and youth, they reflect our own inevitable aging with courage and calm." Read more.

Dogs de-stress families with autistic children, new research shows
Owning a pet dog reduces stress and significantly improves functioning in families who have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), new research has shown.
The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, and funded by the US-based Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation, also found a reduction in the number of dysfunctional interactions between parent and child among families which owned a dog. Published in the American Journal of Veterinary Behavior, it is among the first of a number of HABRI-funded research projects which examine the effects of companion animals on human health. This project focused specifically on the effects of pet dogs on families with children with ASD. Readmore.
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