IAHAIO, the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations, was founded in 1990 to gather together national associations and related organizations interested in advancing the understanding and appreciation of human-animal interaction (HAI). We meet a vital need for those doing HAI work to have a forum for networking, collaboration, and dissemination of the latest developments in the field. IAHAIO is incorporated as a not-for-profit entity in the state of Washington, USA. Our multi-national Board is comprised of representatives from five areas: membership, conferences, development, projects, policy and finance.
IAHAIO’s main role is to provide a helpful coordinating structure between all member organizations. As the worldwide interest and support for Human-Animal Interaction science increases, IAHAIO’s role as a communication link is essential to convey latest research findings and encourage further program development. In addition, IAHAIO has established a series of international awards to acknowledge contributions made by individuals or institutions in the study of HAI.
Pet Partners is the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing Animal-Assisted Interactions. With the highest caliber curriculum in the industry, Pet Partners trains volunteers and evaluates them with their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, veterans’ centers, hospice, Alzheimer’s facilities, courtrooms, schools and other settings. We offer our teams superior risk management and the industry’s highest safety standards, continuing education and re-registration and keen attention to dealing with our unique multi-species team population.
The Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation is a non-profit research and education organization that is gathering, funding and sharing the scientific research that demonstrates the positive health impacts of animals on people. The growing body of scientific evidence that proves the specific health benefits of the human-animal bond can be used by everyone – from doctors to policymakers – to make informed decisions that improve both human and animal health.
The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care(IAAHPC) is dedicated to promoting knowledge of, and developing guidelines for, comfort-oriented care to companion animals as they approach the end of life.