Well known Veterinarian Dr Chris Brown recently helped launch the Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign which aims to reverse the downward trend of pet populations in Australia and raise awareness that our Nation is not very pet friendly. Share your stories with us on social media using #KeepAusPetFriendly and tell us what your city or state is doing well and what needs improvement. - Read Dr Chris Brown’s letter to Australia here:

A study of school children by Guttman et al showed that pet owners were not only more popular with their classmates, but seemed to be more empathetic as well.


Research has established that pets are able to create a connection with people. In a now famous case from the 1960s, American psychiatrist Boris Levinson established a connection with a particularly withdrawn boy by bringing his dog to the sessions. So successful was this approach, that this form of Animal Assisted Therapy was subsequently used by Levinson to establish a “bridging” relationship with most of his young patients.

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