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.
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/ +