The Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation and the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine have launched an online resource to advance study of the human-animal bond.
The new resource, HABRI Central, debuted in early March at the Global Pet Expo. The resource provides researchers, medical practitioners, health and pet industry professionals, and pet owners with access to a bibliography and repository of scholarly material on the human-animal bond.
HABRI Central also offers an online publishing platform for peer-reviewed content on the human-animal bond and a virtual collaborative community for those involved in studies of the human-animal bond.
Topics in the database include the effects of pets on humans with various health conditions—such as autism, Alzheimer's disease, depression, coronary heart disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The database also includes information about the benefits of pets for the health and well-being of humans.
"The recent influence of human-animal bond studies has expanded quickly into vast industries and fields, many of which can benefit immensely from learning and knowing more about how the human-animal bond affects us," said Bob Vetere, president of HABRI and the American Pet Products Association. "HABRI Central allows us to join the extensive research community and access existing findings on the subject as well as collaborate and perpetuate new breakthroughs and valuable discussions."
The APPA, Petco, and Pfizer Animal Health established the HABRI Foundation.
The AVMA is a member of the foundation's steering committee.