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Mayhew launch ground-breaking scientific report into animal assisted therapy

10 October, 2019

Mayhew, a London-based animal welfare charity, has just launched an incredibly exciting and ground-breaking new scientific report into animal assisted therapy, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care at Middlesex University.

  • Most notably, we have discovered that animal assisted therapy (AAT) sessions improve the quality of life of care home residents by up to 12%.
  • In addition, we have found that AAT is efficient at reducing loneliness, improving mood, building better relationships and encouraging communication between residents, carers and their friends and family.

We launched our full report in Parliament yesterday afternoon, at an event which was attended by a number of MPs and representatives from the care home and healthcare sector – including Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Mayor Cllr Daryl Brown of Hammersmith & Fulham, Giles Watling MP,  Bob Blackman MP, and TV Vet Marc Abraham.

In summary:

  • This report is the first of its kind to offer high quality qualitative and quantitative evidence which supports the benefits of animal assisted therapy, which Mayhew volunteers have been seeing first hand since the inception of our TheraPaws programme in 2012.
  • We are thrilled to finally have proof of what Mayhew has always known to be true – that animals have a transformative and critical role to play in society, and that animal assisted therapy can help to fill a much needed gap in personal care toolkits.
  • Animal assisted therapy sessions make care homes happier places, and can easily and at relatively low cost support the burden on the NHS and private care providers, when carried out in partnership with community based organisations such as Mayhew.

We do of course also have spokespeople available for exclusives and interviews, and further assets available on request. I would be more than happy to discuss our report in more detail over phone or email, and very much hope that you will help us to raise awareness of this ground-breaking new evidence.

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