The AVMA endorses the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations' Geneva Declaration, which reads as follows:
Recent research is demonstrating various benefits of companion animals to people's well-being, personal growth, and quality of life.
In order to enable their presence and ensure the harmonious companionship of animals in our lives, owners and governments both have duties and responsibilities.
IAHAIO members have adopted five fundamental resolutions at their General Assembly, held in Geneva on 5 September 1995. IAHAIO urges all international bodies concerned and all national governments to consider and activate the following resolutions: