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International Human-Animal Bond Day

International Human Animal Bond Day is celebrated annually on November 8 in association with the Society for Companion Animal Studies.

The Human Animal Bond Association (HABA) is a group of like-minded people who care for other animals. HABA’s mission is to advocate, celebrate and educate about our connection with the natural world including our companion animals and why that’s important to all of us.

On International Human Animal Bond Day—and every day—join us in elevating the human animal bond by sharing your stories on social media with the hashtags #IHABDay #HABA #HumanAnimalBond.

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Striving to allow continued growth and learning around the HAB is important to ensuring that all voice are heard. HABA works to partner with individuals and groups looking to provide research within the HAB space. We also want to showcase and elevate other groups in which provide this resource so that individuals know where to go to look for funding for their future research ideas.

Research Projects

Have an idea for research? Contact us!

Media Contacts
Steve Dale, CABC
Media Contact and HABA Board Member

“It is the long history of human kind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Charles Darwin

HABA recognizes that working together as a community, we can better accomplish our goals of advocating the HAB for all.  Therefore providing a variety of resources allows our members to continue to learn and engage within the areas they find of interest.  Whether it is to learn more, provide support, or getting directly involved, as a community we can better elevate the importance of the HAB on society.
Looking to learn more, provide support, or get directly involved. Check out these various opportunities and connect to where you can help to ensure that all voices are heard associated with the HAB.


American Humane

Association of Asian Veterinary Medical Professionals (AAVMP)

BlackDVM Network

Canine Cognition Center at Duke

Canine Cognition Center at The University of Arizona

Canine Cognition Center at Yale

Canisius College Online Anthrozoology Master’s Degree Program

Latinx Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA)

Low Stress Handling University

Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association (MCVMA)

National Association For Black Veterinarians (NABV)

Native American Veterinary Association (NAVA)

North Carolina Association of Minority Veterinarians

Pets Help the Heart Heal


Students Are The Future of The Human-Animal Bond

Students will act as future leaders in advocating, celebrating, and educating all aspects surrounding the bond. Therefore HABA is proud to include students at veterinary colleges, veterinary technician schools, and students of all human animal interaction programs as members of our organization. An important core value of HABA is to ensure that all voices within the human animal bond are heard – including students! While it is imperative that they focus on their studies, it is equally important for students to focus and embrace the reason they are involved in the program of their choice.

HABA will offer financial support whenever feasible on a case-by-case basis to any HAB interaction focused college or school to support activities surrounding the human animal bond. The human animal bond is our “Why”, and it is our clients “Why”. HABA understands that students are future leaders in advocating, celebrating, and educating this bond. Please reach out HABA  for support of activities you are looking to host and/or if you are interested in starting a student chapter at your school.

Students Are The Future of The Human-Animal Bond

Providing mentorship to HAB focused student clubs in which support the student body and local communities.

Washington State University

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Faculty Contact Dr. Phylis Erdman

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Faculty Contact Dr. Alison Gardner

university of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbania Champaign CVM
Faculty Contact: Dr. Devon Hague

Looking for the next event to attend that is showcasing the human animal bond?  There are many ways in which to engage yourself around learning more in a variety of areas related to the HAB.  Below are some up coming events that you or someone you know might find interesting.  We hope to see you at a HABA hosted event in the near future.

Scheduled Events

Looking for a HABA hosted future event to participate in? Check out upcoming events here.

If you know of a HAB event in your area, please feel free to share with us!

Member Highlight – Emily Tronetti

Emily Tronetti (she/her) has a Master of Science in anthrozoology and several animal behavior and training credentials.



Support HABA by becoming a member and help contribute to the elevation and education of the human-animal bond, and the beauty it brings to all things great and small.