International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO)

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Founded Apr 1990, Toronto ON (Canada), at meeting of human-animal bond organizations from 6 countries, an International Society for the Study of the Human-Companion Animal Bond (ISSHCAB) having been set up in 1989. Incorporated in the State of Washington (USA), 1992.


Provide international leadership in advancing the field of human animal interaction through research, education and collaboration among members, policy makers, clinical practitioners, other human animal interaction organizations and the general public.

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Projects include: Animal Assisted Activities/Therapy, including programmes to train volunteers to provide animal-assisted therapy and activities; travelling exhibition on responsible pet ownership; human-animal interaction in veterinary practice; study of human-wildlife interactions; assistance to persons with disabilities, including service animals for individuals with disabilities and consequent changes in quality of life. Organizes: international conference (every 3 years); study programmes; training courses; animal education programmes. Confers 'International Distinguished Scholar' award (every 3 years). Urges international bodies and national governments to consider and activate: the 5 resolutions of the 'IAHAIO Geneva Declaration', adopted 5 Sep 1995, Geneva (Switzerland); other relevant treaties - Prague Declaration, adopted 1998, Rio Declaration, adopted 2001, Tokyo Declaration, adopted 2007.


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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 23 countries
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Subjects *

  • Zoology
    • Animals
  • Mankind
    • Human
  • Sharing
    • Sharing

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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1. Jun 2013
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