Thursday 28 November 2019


IET London: Savoy Place, 2 Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL

About the conference

A one-day conference focussing on the benefits and barriers to pet ownership. We will examine the role pets can play in people’s lives and specifically look at the issues of mental health, isolation and loneliness and poverty and low income. We will hear stories of how pets have changed people’s lives for the better and helped them in challenging circumstances.

Topics covered will include

  • Support for pet owners in crisis
  • Affordable vet care provision
  • Pets and mental health
  • Pets and the elderly
  • Housing and pets
  • Use of animal assistance therapy
  • Alleviating symptoms of loneliness

This is a timely opportunity to bring together the third sector, politicians and academics to recognise the role pets play in people’s lives and to discuss how we can work collaboratively to ensure more people can enjoy the benefits of pet ownership and contact with animals. We hope you will be able to join us on 28th November for what promises to be an informative day.

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We will be livestreaming the day so please feel free to tune in below. The live stream can be accessed between 9am – 5pm. Timings may be subject to small changes.

Live stream

Registration will open at 9am, ready for a 9.30am start.


Download our report, A Link in the Chain

Pets help us in so many ways. Watch our stories of the difference pets are making to mental health, poverty and loneliness in the UK today.

Amanda and Jasmine's story

Elwyn and Badger's story

Paula's and Benji's story, with St Mungo's

Stories from Anchor Hanover's residential homes

Stories from Pets Against Loneliness (PAL)

Community cats from Mayhew