PODCAST (19:51) — Steven Feldman was a great guest on the 2/23/20 program. The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has done great work promoting the value pets bring to our lives. Click on the above link to see what they do.
Last week, HABRI released a report detailing to role pets can play in addressing the epidemic loneliness that haunts so many Americans.
I prepared a long post that includes the press release announcing the landmark study as well as the study itself. I encourage you to read the study and think about how pet owners and our companion animals might better help the lonely in our communities.
About Steven Feldman
Steven Feldman is the Executive Director of the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI). His mission is to advance the science that demonstrates the positive roles that pets and other animals play in the integrated health of individuals, families and communities.
Steven is an experienced public affairs advocate who has worked in the areas of wildlife conservation, animal welfare, healthcare and education. Prior to joining HABRI, Steve served as senior vice president for external affairs for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He also worked at Powell Tate, a leading public affairs firm, and as a staff member in the United States Senate.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and a Master’s Degree in Political Management from the George Washington University.
Founded by the American Pet Products Association, Zoetis, and Petco, and supported by a growing number of organizations and individuals, the HABRI Foundation is fast becoming the go-to resource for research and information on the human-animal bond. Since its formation in 2010, HABRI has created the world’s largest online library of human-animal interaction science, HABRI Central, and has funded more than $3 million in innovative research projects. HABRI Central has become a powerful tool utilized by academics and research scientists to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals.
HABRI also informs the public about groundbreaking human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. The growing body of scientific evidence that demonstrates the specific health benefits of the human-animal bond can be used by everyone – from doctors to policymakers – to make informed decisions that improve the health and wellbeing of people, pets and the communities where they live.