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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Speakers include:

  • Mind – Mental health in the UK

  • Sussex NHS – Impact of AAT in Acute Mental Health

  • Bronwen Williams – Our Animals, Our Mental Health  

  • Blue Cross – User focussed vet care: a call to collaborate

  • Mayhew – Working in the community

  • Dogs Trust Hope Project

  • PDSA – Helping people and pets in poverty when they need us most  

  • Anchor Hanover – Supporting health and wellbeing in housing for older people

  • Pets against Loneliness (PAL) – Connecting people in a community 

  • British Horse Society – If our Great-Grandparents asked… So what do horses do now?

  • Scottish SPCA – Can pets make a positive impact on human lives regardless as to how old or young you are?

— Page last updated 15/10/2019