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.
The A & P Sommer Foundation would like to share the news of the death of Dr. Samuel B. Ross, Jr., founder of one of our partner organizations, Green Chimneys. Created in 1947, Green Chimneys is a unique school, where animal-assisted interventions and nature-based initiatives are fundamental components of educational programs. This approach has responded to the needs of thousands +
Research & dev.
The A & P Sommer Foundation is supporting research by the University of Denver at Green Chimneys (New York) that is measuring how animal-assisted interventions help children overcome learning and behavioral challenges. +
This article discusses a study from the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction on the importance of policies for therapy animals at hospitals, elder care facilities, and other organizations. http://news.vet.tufts.edu/2017/07/survey-can-therapy-animal-visits-pose-risk-to-patients/ +