Regency, a national provider of pet aftercare services, is now an official supporter of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI).
“Regency’s mission of compassion and respect for the human-animal bond aligns very strongly with HABRI and its mission,” said Scott Buttz, chief operating officer at Regency, which is based in Baltimore. “Animals bring unconditional love into this world, and part of honoring their lives includes investing in the human-animal bond at every stage.”
Regency works directly with pet owners and partners with veterinarians to provide individualized aftercare services to clients.
“When pet owners lose their beloved family members, their pets, Regency helps to make the process easier for all involved,” said Steven Feldman, executive director of HABRI. “Supporting pet owners and veterinarians at these difficult times is so important, which is why HABRI is proud to partner with Regency on research and education around this critical aspect of the human-animal bond.”
Scientific evidence increasingly shows that pets improve humans’ heart health; alleviate depression; increase well-being; support child health and educational development; and contribute to healthy aging, HABRI officials said in a statement. The benefits of the human-animal bond impact more than just human health, officials added. Findings from a HABRI survey of 2,000 pet owners demonstrate that knowledge of the scientific research supporting the health benefits of the human-animal bond motivates pet owners to take better care of their pets. Knowledge of the health benefits of pets also helps encourage pet ownership, as 81 percent of pet owners surveyed stated that they are more likely to get another pet in the future if the one they have now passes away.
“A positive end of life and aftercare experience can have a significant impact on the decision to get another pet in the future, and can also help veterinarians and their staff navigate this difficult aspect of their profession,” Feldman said.