After many years working in mainstream school and adult education , I was appointed to the post of Director of the Society for Companion Animal Studies ( SCAS), a UK educational and research organisation which provides training and research-based evidence of the important roles people and animals have in each others’ lives. During my 15 years with SCAS I was a founder member and Vice President of an international organisation ( IAHAIO) which extended the work of SCAS to all five continents. In addition to international and national activities, in 1985 I was one of the founder members of Pet Fostering Service Scotland, and have been at various times its Chair, Treasurer, and currently am Treasurer/ Secretary and one of its volunteer fosterers.
The Pet Fostering Service Scotland ( PFSS), a Scottish charity established in 1985, initially to provide short term care for pets of elderly owners temporarily in health-related difficulties, has over the years adapted its remit to include care for pets caught up in other situations that emerge as society changes. We take many requests from homeless owners and owners wanting to leave dangerous domestic situations, as well as continuing to respond to elderly pet owners. PFSS is run entirely by volunteers who, in their own homes, look after pets till they can be returned to their owners. The work we do is based on compassion and social awareness, backed by sound scientific research on the many aspects of the human-companion animal relationship.