Congressional Briefing To Be Held On Breakthrough Study Observing The Impact Of Therapy Dogs In Aiding Child Cancer Patients And Their Families

American Humane Association's "Canines and Childhood Cancer Study," Sponsored by Zoetis, Examines Promising, Underutilized Weapon in War on Cancer

Researchers, families, and country star/animal advocate Naomi Judd call on Congress, medical field to consider benefits of animal-assisted therapy

May 01, 2014, 13:22 ET from American Humane Association

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A special briefing for Congress and the media about a breakthrough research study examining a promising, underutilized weapon in the war on childhood cancer. American Humane Association will introduce its "Canines and Childhood Cancer" study, a three-year research effort that is seeking to verify the significance of animal-assisted therapy in pediatric oncology patients. This groundbreaking study, sponsored by Zoetis with matching funds from the Pfizer Foundation, is being hailed as "a landmark in the field" by top scientists and will document effects on children fighting cancer, their families and caregivers, and the therapy dogs themselves, with the help of a grant from the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation.

WHO: Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association president and CEO
John Payne, American Humane Association board chair and former president and GM at Bayer Healthcare's North American Animal Health Division, and president and CEO of Banfield Pet Hospital.
Kathy Mitchell, director, US Government Relations, Zoetis
Naomi Judd, country star, animal advocate, American Humane Association national ambassador
Members of Congress and the media
Steven Feldman, executive director, Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation
Therapy dogs and their handlers, and researchers
from Johns Hopkins, Tufts/U Mass, more sites

WHY: Few words strike as much terror into the heart of parents as "Your child has cancer." While billions of dollars are rightly being spent on the development of new medicines and technologies to fight cancer, powerful adjunctive therapies such as animal-assisted therapy are being explored for their ability to make a tangible difference in the lives of those in their times of greatest need. The goals of this collaboration are to promote innovation, evidence-based research, practice improvements, and knowledge advancement to further the field of research on human-animal interactions and the treatment of cancer in children. 

WHERE & WHEN: Thursday, May 8 from 10:00 -11:30 am 
Cannon Building – Room 210, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

About American Humane Association 
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at today.

About Zoetis
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2013, the company generated annual revenues of $4.6 billion. With approximately 9,800 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2014, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 28 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information, visit

About the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation
Founded by The American Pet Products Association (APPA), Petco Animal Supplies Inc. and Zoetis, the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation is working to achieve formal, widespread recognition supported by science that validates the positive roles of pets and animals in the integrated health of individuals, families and communities, leading to more informed decisions and actions. For more information on the HABRI Foundation, visit

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