New report on Pets and Loneliness
Loneliness currently affects 3 in 5 Americans and 9 million people in the United Kingdom. Loneliness can be as deadly as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it a very serious threat to public health. But there is increasing evidence to show that pets can play an important role in helping people feel less lonely and more socially connected.
A new report, published by the Consortium of Social Isolation and Companion Animals, outlines the discussions and presentations that took place at the first ever summit on this topic on 7 May 2019. It describes the goals and actions borne out of these discussions which HABRI and Mars Petcare are leading over the next few years, through the establishment of two working groups.
Aims of future work include:
- Advance high quality human-animal interaction research
- Help to address barriers to human-animal interaction and provide solutions
- Share and support the proliferation of best practices
This report contains many interesting facts and discussion points and makes for essential reading for those wanting to understand more about the role of companion animals in reducing social isolation as well as actions that can be taken to achieve this.
Click here to see an introductory video on the report.