Today nearly 70% of households have at least one pet, compared with only 56% in 1988 (American Pet Products Association, 2014). As the prevalence of companion animals in American life has rapidly increased, so too has the frequency with which Americans turn to companion animals for social, emotional, and even instrumental support. The pervasiveness of service dogs, therapy dogs, emotional support dogs and court facility dogs, illustrates the willingness with which people have turned to nonhuman animals for psychological assistance. Even pet owners turn to their companion animals as coping resources. At the Innovative Interactions Lab, we are interested in how interactions with animals can be used to promote psychological health and wellbeing.
Animal Visitation Programs in US Colleges / Universities
Click here to see a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. that have animal visitation programs (AVPs).