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Following is a list of other organizations that deal with the human-animal relationship, as well as the link between human and animal violence.


Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA)

• To promote the sharing of information among and within animal welfare and control agencies.
• To enhance the positive and professional image of animal welfare and control agencies.
• To provide educational opportunities for members.

The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA)

Committed to setting the standard of professionalism in animal welfare and public safety through training, networking, and advocacy.

NACA envisions a world in which all animal care and control professionals are respected as essential public servants and receive consistent support, resources and training allowing them to effectively and compassionately achieve the highest quality of life for the animals and citizens in the community they serve.

National Sheriffs’ Association, National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse

Established to provide law enforcement officers information on the realities of animal abuse, and to promote their proactive involvement in the enforcement of animal abuse laws in their communities. Through our partners, the Center will serve as an information clearinghouse and forum for law enforcement on the growing problem of animal abuse, its link to other types of crimes, including violence against humans and officer-dog encounters.

National Link Coalition

Our mission is to promote and disseminate research, public policy, programming, and public awareness of how animal abuse is linked with other forms of family and community violence. We emphasize multidisciplinary approaches leading to more effective prevention, protection and prosecution.

Safe Humane Chicago

Creating safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals.

Our comprehensive, community-based programs provide education and training, early intervention, advocacy and access to needed resources for people and animals in disadvantaged circumstances. We achieve these goals through three main programs: Youth Leadership (including Youth Leaders and Lifetime Bonds); Collaborative Justice (including Court Advocacy); and Court Case Dogs (including a new program VALOR for veterans). We also participate in community outreach events.

Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona

  • To increase awareness of animal cruelty laws in southern Arizona
  • To enhance and coordinate enforcement of animal cruelty laws
  • To educate law enforcement, animal care professionals and other interested agencies in aspects of animal cruelty and the relationship of animal cruelty to other forms  of assaulting behavior

San Bernardino County Illegal Animal Fighting and Abuse Task Force 

A multi-disciplinary collaboration designed to promote community awareness, education and prosecution of animal fighting and abuse in San Bernardino County.

Offers training in November of each year—this year a two day POST and MCLE training in Ontario, CA.

Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office Animal Abuse Unit

Created to address animal abuse and ensure that cases are prepared for prosecution, with a goal to link agencies involved in investigating animal abuse.  The Animal Abuse Unit works directly with Baltimore County Police and Baltimore County Animal Services to ensure that the victims of animal abuse are given a voice.

Colorado Link Project

In collaboration with multiple Colorado partners and select national partners, the project serves to raise awareness and focus practical and scholarly interest on the links between animal maltreatment and all forms of family, domestic and interpersonal violence; child maltreatment; maltreatment of at-risk adults; and criminal behaviors.

Project activities include needs assessment, research, professional training and the development of tools for community partners to recognize the Link and take appropriate steps to end abuse, protect human and animal victims of abuse, and improve both human and animal welfare.

DVIS/Call Rape

DVIS/Call Rape is building a new emergency shelter to house victims of domestic violence and sexual assault – but this shelter will be different than any other in the state (Oklahoma) because it will be able to house pets.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Provide all judges, courts, and related agencies involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases with the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of the families and children who seek justice.

  • Improving the standards, practices, and effectiveness of the nation’s courts handling juvenile delinquency, family law, dependency, and domestic violence cases;
  • Providing training for judges and other professionals who serve in these courts;
  • Providing support for judges and other professionals through continuing education, research, publications, and technical assistance;
  • Providing technical support to court systems regarding their structure, management, and procedures;
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of national policy, standards, and procedures regarding children and families;
  • Acknowledging and upholding the rights of all parties and victims, the safety of all family members, and the safety of the community;
  • Informing the nation as to the work of the courts that hear juvenile delinquency, family law, dependency, and domestic violence cases.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)

A social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.

  • Making domestic violence a national priority.
  • Changing the way society responds to domestic violence.
  • Strengthening domestic violence advocacy at every level.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

As part of a social change movement to end gender based violence, the NRCDV engages with and learns from, informs and supports systems, organizations, communities, and individuals to strengthen capacity to effectively address domestic violence and intersecting issues.

The NRCDV strives to be a trusted national leader and sustainable organization, renowned for innovation, multi-disciplinary approaches and a commitment to ensuring that policy, practice and research is grounded in and guided by the voices and experiences of domestic violence survivors and advocates.

In our effort to better understand, respond to, and prevent domestic violence, the NRCDV has developed a number of key initiatives to facilitate a deeper focus on a particular issue or population.  The NRCDV’s five key initiatives include Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the DV Evidence Project, and VAWnet: the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women

Prevent Child Abuse America

Our mission is to “prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children” and includes all forms of abuse and neglect, whether physical, sexual, educational, or emotional or peer-peer abuse.

  • Provide national leadership in public policy development for children and families;
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for effective innovative prevention strategies including education and training;
  • Foster the translation of research into practice to inform more effective public policy on children and families;
  • Deliver evidence based strategies that promote optimal models that enable communities to assess their ability and capacity to provide for children and families;
  • Advise neighborhoods and communities on a continuum of programs that provide the array of services necessary for healthy and age appropriate child development and family support; and,
  • Communicate that a) the child development is community development is economic development b)   the clear message that abuse and neglect is preventable and highlight innovative and effective prevention strategies, c) engage parents, families, individuals, communities, public officials, educators and the business community, and d) identify a variety of actions that promote the mission and empowers individuals and groups to become engaged in individual and systemic changes.

National Children’s Advocacy Center

The NCAC models, promotes, and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.

Animal Legal Defense Fund 

…Fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by thousands of dedicated attorneys and more than 100,000 members and supporters.

  • Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law.
  • Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases.
  • Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes.
  • Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws.
  • Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and our Animal Law Program.
  • Providing public education through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts.

American Bar Association, Animal Law Committee

To address all issues concerning the intersection of animals and the law to create a paradigm shift resulting in a just world for all. The status of animals in our legal system, and in our society at large, is in flux, and attorneys are discovering innovative ways to use the rule of law in many different arenas to create a just world for all. These arenas involve a vast array of human/animal interactions, including estate planning for companion animals, due process protections in dangerous dog/reckless owner laws, appropriate compensation when an animal is killed or injured, protections against breed discrimination, standards of care and accountability for animals used in industry and agriculture, expanding notions of what constitutes “cruelty to animals,” and the competing interests of wild animals and humans in dwindling resources.

Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

Founded as a national “think tank” to represent all prosecutors and provide additional resources such as training and technical assistance in an effort to develop proactive innovative prosecutorial practices that prevent crime, ensure equal justice and make our communities safer.

Program: Animal Cruelty and Fighting –APA provides a national technical assistance network and has partnered with various animal welfare and other law enforcement organizations to hold an annual Animal Abuse and Fighting Summit to continue to develop ideas to combat animal cruelty and fighting.

National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse (NCPAA) (program of NDAA)

The mission of NCPAA is to always act in the best interests of animals; to create an environment in the criminal justice community where animal protection laws are fully enforced; to create understanding that when animals are safe from harm, communities are safer; to provide the resources, tools and support to prosecutors and allied professionals in the pursuit of those who harm animals; to collaborate with others so that the most updated and innovative information is available and accessible; to deliver training and technical assistance in a professional and ethical manner; and to remember that our victims are voiceless and deserve an impassioned and knowledgeable prosecutor pursuing justice in their name.

Educate and train prosecutors and allied professionals on the effective handling of animal cruelty and neglect cases, including cases involving the co-occurrence of animal abuse and violence to people. NDAA desires to bring greater awareness to the often misunderstood nature of animal maltreatment and how it can interconnect with family violence and contribute to lethality issues for victims of interpersonal violence. With growing awareness by the public to recognize and report animal abuse, combined with increased attention by the media, prosecuting attorneys need the resources to properly address incidents of animal abuse in their community and properly hold offenders accountable.

Centre for Animals and Social Justice

Advance and protect the wellbeing of animals by ensuring their inclusion within the sphere of social justice

A world where animal protection is a universal goal

The CASJ’s mission is to open the realm of social justice to animals and hence advance animal protection. Therefore, the CASJ’s core strategic aim is:

To embed animal protection as a core policy goal of the UK Government, international governments and intergovernmental organisations, utilising and developing applied research as a primary tool to achieve this.


University of TN Veterinary Social Work program

“Specializing in veterinary social work, I pledge my service to society by tending to the human needs that arise in the relationship between humans and animals. From a strengths perspective and using evidence-based practice, I will uphold the ethical code of my profession, respect and promote the dignity and worth of all species, and diligently strive to maintain mindful balance in all of my professional endeavors.”

The four areas of veterinary social work are:

  • Grief & Pet Loss
  • Animal-Assisted Interactions
  • The Link Between Human & Animal Violence
  • Compassion Fatigue Management

U of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Center for the study of the interrelationship and health of people, animals and the environment.

Believes it is important to intentionally elevate the value of the living world around us and promotes the exploration of this connection through the lens of contemporary education, science, research, advocacy and ethics with respect for all species.

Penn Vet Center for Interaction of Animals & Society

Promote understanding of human-animal interactions and relationships across a wide range of contexts including companion animals, farm animals, laboratory animals, zoo animals, and free-living wild animals.

  • Study the influence of relationships with animals on human physical and mental health and well-being.
  • Investigate the impact of these relationships on the behavior and welfare of the animals involved.
  • Encourage constructive, balanced, and well-informed debate and discussion on the ethics of animal use.
  • Use the knowledge and information gained from this work to benefit both people and animals.

Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI)

ReCHAI is designed to:

  • Develop a program for research and education to study the health benefits of human-animal interaction (HAI).
  • Promote the science of HAI.
  • Further the understanding and value of the relationship between humans and animals.
  • Document evidence demonstrating Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) as a beneficial form of complementary therapy.
  • Celebrate and better document the benefits of HAI.
  • Foster educational and research opportunities for MU students, as well as students from around the country and globe.
  • Collaborate with other centers nationally and internationally to promote HAI.
  • Foster public understanding of benefits of HAI.

Purdue University Center for the Human-Animal Bond

The Center is committed to expanding our knowledge of the interrelationships between people, animals, and their environment. The Center is concerned with all aspects of human-animal interaction and welfare including companion, farmed domestic species, and wildlife. An emphasis is placed on humane ethics in managing our living resources.

The major objective of the Center is to foster interdisciplinary activities in the University by serving as a focal point for the exchange of ideas and development of new information related to animal-human interactions and animal welfare.

Univ. of MO Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction

Operates as a dynamic collaboration between the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing and College of Veterinary Medicine with a mission of education and conducting programs and studies about the benefits of human-animal interaction.

  • Develop a program for research and education to study the health benefits of human-animal interaction (HAI).
  • Promote the science of HAI.
  • Further the understanding and value of the relationship between humans and animals.
  • Document evidence demonstrating Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) as a beneficial form of complementary therapy.
  • Celebrate and better document the benefits of HAI.
  • Foster educational and research opportunities for MU students, as well as students from around the country and globe.
  • Collaborate with other centers nationally and internationally to promote HAI.
  • Foster public understanding of benefits of HAI.

Tufts Univ. Center for Animals and Public Policy

Promotes research, education, service, and constructive dialogue pertaining to the human-animal relationship and its reflection in the treatment of animals in society.

The Center offers the Masters of Science in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program and is also home to the Ethics and Values and Shelter Medicine curriculums within the DVM program. The work done at the Center revolves around three areas of focus: Animals in the Community, Animals in Research, and Animals in the Environment.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine/The Center for Human-Animal Interaction

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction is a non-profit organization dedicated to improved health and well-being through interaction with companion animals. Our interdisciplinary clinical, research, and educational programs are made possible by the generosity of our supporters and volunteers.

Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships

At the forefront of Human-Animal Studies, engaging Canisius students and members of our community in dialogs on pressing issues.

  • It coordinates synergy among the graduate level Master’s Program in Anthrozoology, the undergraduate Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation major, and for three undergraduate minors (Anthrozoology, Animal Behavior, and Zoo Biology).
  • Interdisciplinary coordination among the college’s animal-related programs and our Philosophy and Religious Studies programs.
  • An Anthrozoology Speaker Series.
  • Biannual Anthrozoology symposia.
  • Advocacy of animal welfare and conservation via:
  • The Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation
  • The Canisius Zoological Society
  • Volunteers and Interns

HABRI Central

Online platform for open research and collaboration into the relationships between humans and animals, specifically companion animals.

Uses a combination of library resources to facilitate the discovery, access, production, and preservation of human-animal interaction research. A bibliography of references to human-animal interaction literature helps you to discover existing research while a full-text repository allows you to freely access a wide-array of materials and tools. Along with these library resources, community-driven discussion areas, blogs, and user groups all allow you to connect and share knowledge with experts, professionals, and others involved in the study of human-animal interaction. By hosting all of these features in an easily accessible and centralized way, HABRI Central helps unite those involved in the study of human-animal interaction across disciplines while simultaneously lowering access barriers that might prevent the free flow of information among them.

International Association on Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO)

Provide international leadership in advancing the field of HAI. This is accomplished through research, education, and collaboration among our membership, policy makers, clinical practitioners, other human animal interaction organizations and the general public.


For the fields of human-animal interactions and animal-assisted interventions:

  1. Promote new research, education and practice development
  2. Provide a forum for sharing ideas and information, and building collaborations
  3. Educate policy and decision makers at national and international levels about the benefits of both fields


  1. Hold international conference every three years.
  2. Conduct a yearly annual general meeting and symposium engaging member groups.
  3. Sponsor policy statements/resolutions on issues related to HAI.


A non-profit research and education organization that is gathering, funding and sharing the scientific research that demonstrates the positive health impacts of animals on people.  We serve as a rallying point and central hub for individuals, organizations and companies that share the common goal of enhancing broad understanding, education and adoption of the human animal bond as a beneficial factor in human and animal health. Together, we advocate for the public policies that will bring the benefits of animals to more people in our communities.

Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies

To explore the interconnectedness between people and animals.

National Canine Research Council 

Committed to preserving the human-canine bond.  They publish, underwrite, and reprint accurate, documented, reliable research to promote a better understanding of our relationship with dogs. The NCRC makes grants to universities, independent research organizations and independent scholars.  They also conduct their own research on contemporary issues that impact the human-canine bond, including the dynamics of popular attitudes toward dogs and canine aggression; public health reporting on dog bites; public policy concerning companion animals; and media reporting on dogs.

Pet Partners

Pet Partners is the leader in demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal interactions to improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of those we serve.

People are healthier and happier because companion, service and therapy animals enrich and positively impact their everyday lives.

  • Educate healthcare and other professionals on how to incorporate animals into goal-directed treatment or visiting animal activities to improve the lives of those they serve.
  • Provide ‘gold standard’ therapy animal curriculum and training and inspire people to volunteer with their pets in their local communities.
  • Empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their quality of life by providing service animal related information and resources.
  • Advance knowledge about research which reflects how interactions with animals have a positive effect on human lives.

Canine Therapy Corps

  • Empowers and motivates individuals to improve their physical and psychological health and well-being by harnessing the human-animal bond;
  • Provides goal-directed, interactive animal-assisted therapy services, free of charge, using volunteers and certified therapy dogs; and
  • Advances animal-assisted interventions through research and collaboration.

Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International

Facilitate the worldwide collaboration between organizations and individuals whose objectives are philanthropic, scientific and educational in the field of equine assisted activities.



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