While there are many benefits to having and being around animals there is also the risk of spreading diseases through contact with animals. The CDC's Healthy Pets Healthy People has up-to-date information on the risks and how to prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases.
NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
PubMed Central is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine. It is a good place to find the latest research being done on the human-animal bond.
A comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics, and an international collection. The Animal Legal and Historical Center is a project of the MSU College of Law.
Located at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the mission of the CCAH is to improve the health of companion animals by providing financial support for studying diseases that affect pets and developing programs that benefit pets and their owners.
The Pet Loss Support Group is run by the Veterinary Social Work Services at MSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The group meets twice a month and offers a safe place for individuals and families to express their feelings and talk about their experiences.
ReCHAI 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.
The PPP is a public service program in the Center for the Study of Animal Well-Being at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. It was created to more fully understand the human–animal bond and to promote the humane treatment of companion animals.
The ASPCA was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. It provides local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty.
The AVMA officially recognizes: (1) the existence of the human-animal bond and its importance to client and community health, (2) that the human-animal bond has existed for thousands of years, and (3) that the human-animal bond has major significance for veterinary medicine, because, as veterinary medicine serves society, it fulfills both human and animal needs.