The Adrienne and Pierre Sommer Foundation is France’s only private, independent nonprofit organization devoted to human-animal interaction (HAI). The Foundation supports the development of HAI practices that contribute to the well-being and integration of the most fragile members of society: ill or disabled children and adults, homeless youth, ex-prisoners, and dependant older adults. To this end, the Foundation provides financial support for approximately 60 HAI initiatives in France each year. It supports academic and field research on HAI-related issues, provides schools with HAI-themed learning materials, and organizes national and international conferences.
Human Animal Inter.
After the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard may be the most recognizable Buddhist monk traveling the world. Based in Shechen, Nepal, Ricard spends much of his time visiting a broad range of countries to spread a message of compassion and wisdom that people are increasingly eager to hear… though not necessarily to apply. One of...
Research & developments
In spring 2017, a two-day conference will give practitioners and academics the opportunity to consider human-animal relationships from a family-centered perspective. Among the issues to be explored: – Children, animals, and the increasingly virtual world – The role of animals during a family crisis – How to help children create...
A survey commissioned by the Adrienne and Pierre Sommer Foundation. The A and P Sommer Foundation, host of the July 2016 conference of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) in Paris, commissioned a survey to measure the French public’s awareness of and knowlegeability about human-animal interaction. In France,...