Are care homes failing pet owners?

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By Dr JANE FOSSEY, Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS)

Currently only 35% of homes in the UK have formal policies in place to manage the needs of older people who wish to keep pets, despite a growing body of research which supports the psychological and physiological benefits of pet ownership.

In response to this disappointing statistic, the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), a charity dedicated to promoting understanding the bond that exists between people and animals, organised a major conference in London in October 2009, to turn the spotlight on the plight suffered by many older people in Britain

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