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Inner Peace

If you can start the day without caffeine

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment

If you can conquer tension without liquor

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs

...then you are probably the family dog

Useful links

The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS)

Assistance Dogs UK

  • Assistance Dogs UK is a collection of organisations (Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Dogs for the Disabled, Canine Partners, Support Dogs, Dog AID) providing life changing assistance through specially trained dogs.

Medical Detection Dogs

Pets as Therapy

  • Pets as Therapy visit hospitals and other institutions. You can register for a volunteer to visit or become a volunteer yourself.


Cinnamon Trust

  • Cinnamon Trust provides practical help for your pets if you are elderly or terminally ill and unable to look after them. There is also long term care for pets whose owners have died.

Dogs for Good

  • Dogs for Good creates exceptional partnerships between people living with disability and specially trained assistance dogs.

Dogs Helping Kids

  • Dogs Helping Kids in North Devon, uses dogs to teach children non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust.


  • IAHAIO is an organisation drawing together many associations in the human-animal interaction (HAI) field, who are working in research, education, and practice of HAI.

People & Animals

  • People & Animals bring practitioners together, to learn, share ideas, and raise standards for those working with people and animals in the field of Animal-Assisted Intervention or Therapy.

HABRI Foundation

  • The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation is a non-profit research and education organization that is gathering, funding and sharing scientific research to demonstrate the positive health impacts of companion animals.