The Importance of Pets During a Global Pandemic: See Spot Play

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This chapter discusses my personal experiences as a clinician who contracted COVID-19, as a director of a nonprofit animal sanctuary, and as a clinician working in animal-assisted therapy (AAT) who has had to modify her treatment model in consideration of the quarantine health mandates. Although the human-animal bond has long been acknowledged as an effective treatment model, it is still considered a burgeoning field. The current health crisis has brought the benefits of the human-animal bond to the forefront of public perception. Both zooeyia (the benefits of the human-animal bond) and zoonosis (diseases transmitted by animals) will be discussed, as well as adaptations to AAT to work with clients remotely during quarantine regulations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShared Trauma, Shared Resilience During a Pandemic
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Work in the Time of COVID-19
EditorsCarol Tosone
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages218
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-61442-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-61441-6
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameEssential Clinical Social Work Series
ISSN (Print)2520-162X
ISSN (Electronic)2520-1611


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