American Humane Association, working with policymakers, thought leaders, scientists and the public, wishes to build enduring solutions for the most pressing challenges facing children and animals. To build a robust solutions-based platform, they launched two institutes: Children’s Innovation Institute and Animal Welfare Research Institute. They have also developed a partnership with Pfizer Animal Health to conduct a study that analyzes the impact of animal assisted therapy. American Humane Association also works closely with many legislators to create and influence policies that protect children and animals.
American Humane Association launched the Animal Welfare Research Institute under the direction of world-renowned Chief Veterinary Advisor Dr. Patricia Olson. Institute-funded scientists are working to fill the yawning gaps in our knowledge about the causes and potential treatment of illnesses like cancer and other life-threatening diseases in cats, dogs, horses and wildlife. They are examining issues of food safety and quality, and the relation to conditions like obesity. And they are looking at other cross-cutting trends such as the apparent increase in asthma among animals and the effect of environmental toxins like endocrine disruptors across a range of health issues. The Institute supports research programs and protocols that mirror those used to investigate human illnesses – starting with the dictum that subjects should never face harm from the studies in which they participate.
American Humane Association’s Children’s Innovation Institute will operate and fund innovative, collaborative and strategic science and training programs that aim to advance the welfare, wellness and well-being of children. The Institute will identify the issues that most greatly affect children’s welfare and work to fill gaps in existing research of those issues. The Institute will bring together Interdisciplinary teams of researchers to look at how to optimize children’s services in the United States and around the world.