ISAZ and Waltham have partnered to create a collaborative grant program, with the goal of stimulating new research in the area of human-animal interactions, with particular interest in the role of pets in the lives of elders, pets enhancing healthy longevity, and the role of pets in the community.
Past recipients are
2009 Dr. Rebecca Johnson
"Seniors fostering shelter dogs: Improving health and well-being together"
2010 Dr. Erika Friedmann
"Pet assisted living (PAL) study"
2011 Drs. Linda Lord and Larry Hill
"The Effect of Adopting a Shelter Cat on Loneliness, Depression and Perceived Physical Health of the Elderly"
2012 Drs. Daniel Mills and Sara Ellis
“The influence of dog ownership on objective measures of free-living physical activity and sedentary behavior in community-dwelling older adults”