“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France
Pets play a crucial role in the lives of so many people and the family unit. Research has shown that a good human-animal relationship including:
Reducing anxiety and stress
Lowering blood pressure
Decreased risk of heart disease
Support such as help with daily activities through service dogs for conditions such as PTSD and autism
Increased social interaction
This supports why maintaining the human-animal bond is important.
So what exactly is the human-animal bond?
The AVMA states:
"The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors essential to the health and wellbeing of both. This includes, among other things, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment. The veterinarian's role in the human-animal bond is to maximize the potentials of this relationship between people and animals." ~AVMA 2021
A Pawsitive Mission was founded to help people need to keep their pets within their family unit.
Many people don't understand that having to relinquish a pet due to inability to provide medical care can create extreme guilt and grief for the pet parent.
We want to help lessen the burden of a situation where decisions are made based on finances.
With the help of the Veterinary Social Work program at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, we realized that we can combine our skills to help pet parents in our community through our mission. We hope to expand the use of Veterinary Social Work in A Pawsitive Mission in the future.