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CENSHARE’s Original Mission and Vision:Pets

The mission of CENSHARE is to create opportunities to acquire, disseminate, and apply knowledge about the relationship between animals, humans, and their shared environment so that our informed choices improve the quality of life for all.

The vision of CENSHARE is promoting optimal environments for animals and humans.

CENSHARE’s New Mission and Vision:

The continued mission of CENSHARE is to promote collaborative and transdisciplinary research across the areas of veterinary medicine, public health, medicine and social science. While CENSHARE will continue to serve as a resource for numerous public and private organizations, its mission as a center within the School of Public Health is to study and quantify the association between animals and human health, known as human-animal interaction research.

Animals can be defined as companion animals, service animals, therapy animals, animals used in agriculture, or wildlife and the ecosystem. Human health can be defined as physical, mental or social health. Benefits can be measured through biological measures such as blood chemistries or physiologic parameters such as blood pressure, weight, reduction in stress measured by biomarkers or standardized questionnaires, diet, and a wide range of psychosocial instruments.

CENSHARE’s future goals are to serve as a resource for investigators interested in collaborating outside of their own areas of expertise, as well as a source of small grants and scholarships. Educational opportunities may include conferences, workshops, and training opportunities in conjunction with groups such as the American Red Cross, the Animal Humane Society, and the Center for Spirituality and Healing.

We are a diverse group of people from the University of Minnesota and surrounding community dedicated to studying and improving human-animal relationships and environments.


Established in 1981, CENSHARE has become a national leader in promoting health and quality of life for people and animals through behavior research, educational opportunities, and a forum for public policy making.
- Learn about the founder
- A Memorial to Dr. Robert K. Anderson, Founder

CENSHARE serves as an umbrella organization for numerous private and public agencies, including political bodies, humane societies, veterinarians, professional animal breeders and trainers, farm groups, pet related industries, and animal welfare and rights organizations.

CENSHARE provides a neutral environment for these diverse interests, promoting dialogue, supporting research, offering educational and community programs, and recommending appropriate public policies. Housed at the University of Minnesota on the Minneapolis campus, CENSHARE draws on the community and the University for its ideas and support.

  CENSHARE has three main goals:
Education To disseminate knowledge about human-animal relationships via educational programming.
Research To stimulate and promote scientific study of human-animal relationships and environments.
Service To serve as a community resource for all matters involving human-animal relationships, including data for those developing public policy.

CENSHARE is a non-profit organization relying on external sponsorship to continue its activities. Please contact us if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation toward supporting our work.