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Human Animal Bond Initiative Launched

A new initiative, the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI Foundation), was outlined during the Petailing 2010 Leadership Conference.

"The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI Foundation), with the support of the initial HABRI Foundation Founding Sponsors, PETCO and the American Pet Products Association (APPA), is being formed to support federal research that will provide important scientific evidence of what we all recognize, that there are tremendous health benefits for humans from their relationships with their pets," said Bob Vetere, President, APPA and President of HABRI Foundation. 

"The Founding Sponsors, APPA and PETCO, recognize that there is increasing research and interests of our customers across the country on issues and activities relating to The Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation," said Vetere.  "HABRI Foundation is a broad-based coalition of organizations and entities that will create a central database of scientific research, under the leadership of Dr. Alan Beck at Purdue University, on the human health benefits of companion animals as well as educate and inform Congress of the important role that our pets play in human health," Vetere continued.

"Over the next few weeks, HABRI Foundation will be reaching out to a wide range of companies, education leaders and other organizations that have an interest in and are interested in supporting human-animal bond research and understanding.  We will be actively seeking their support and leadership on these important issues," Vetere added.

"The HABRI Foundation will be a positive, constructive and cost effective way to support our industry, our customers and our future customers through substantive research and education.  The Foundation will share the results of this research about our pets and how they improve our health every day," Vetere concluded.

Source: – the K9 Magazine blog

Human Animal Bond Initiative Launched

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