A website has been launched to provide an online repository for all data collection, research and collaboration on human-animal bond studies.
Habricentral.org was launched on March 1 by the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI).
The online resource is made possible by HABRI in collaboration with the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.
The website will provide researchers, medical practitioners, health and pet-industry professionals and pet owners easy access to a comprehensive bibliography and repository of scholarly material, an online publishing platform for peer-reviewed content and a virtual collaborative community for those involved in studies of the human-animal bond.
Some topics currently featured include how pets affect humans with autism, Alzheimer's, depression, coronary heart disease and post-traumatic health disorder. There is also a wealth of information available pertaining to the benefits pets have on the health and well being of people.
"The recent influence of human-animal bond studies has expanded quickly into vast industries and fields, many of which can benefit immensely from learning and knowing more about how the human-animal bond affects us," HABRI president Bob Vetere said.
"HABRI Central allows us to join the extensive research community and access existing findings on the subject as well as collaborate and perpetuate new breakthroughs and valuable discussions."
The website is overseen by Dr Alan Beck, director of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for the Human-Animal Bond and Charles Watkinson, director of Purdue University Press. The website is managed by Christopher Charles, HABRI Central project manager, also of Purdue.
HABRI Central is the first funded project of the HABRI Foundation, which was formally launched at Global Pet Expo last year.
HABRI is a national, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting the positive role animals play in the health and well being of people, families and communities. It is a broad coalition of companies, organizations, entities and individuals whose mission is to achieve formal, widespread scientific recognition that validates and supports the positive roles of pets and animals in the integrated health of families and communities, leading to informed decisions in human health.