Suggested Readings

The Bond.  Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle, President/CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.  Published by HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog.  Published by HarperCollins Publishers, 2010.

Feed Your Pet Right by Marion Nestle and Malden C. Nesheim.  Published by Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2010.

Animal Assisted Therapy: A Guide for Health Care Professionals and Volunteers by Shari Bernard, OTR, 1995. Published by Therapet LLC, PO Box 1696, White House, TX, phone (903) 510-7181. Great resource for PT’s, OT’s, and ST’s who are interested in incorporating animals into their therapy sessions.

Animals as Teachers and Healers: True Stories and Reflections by Susan Chernak McElroy, 1996, New Sage Press. Wonderful book on the power of pets in our lives. The author also is an excellent speaker.

Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship by Alan Beck and Aaron Katcher, 1996, Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana.

 Bring Me The Ocean
Rebecca A. Reynolds, MS, OTR/L

Bring Me The Ocean, authored by AAI’s executive director Rebecca Reynolds, is a powerful collection of true stories that demonstrate the hope and renewal that can be found in interactions with the natural world. Poignant and sensitive, the stories come from bringing nature, animals, and the arts to people isolated from direct contact with the natural world, whether in a hospital, a nursing home, a residential treatment center, or other setting. The difficult transitions they are facing and the power and drama of their healing moments are captured here. Reynolds has created a book that quietly embraces the human spirit.

Bring Me The Ocean has received Parents’ Choice Honors (for adult readers) and two Benjamin Franklin Awards. If you would like to learn more about his book, please visit the Animals as Intermediaries Website.

Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse: Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention edited by long-time human-animal bond authorities Frank Ascione, Ph.D. and Phil Arkow and sponsored by the Latham Foundation, 1999, Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana. A provocative and practical new book with original research, strategic interventions, and dramatic tales from survivors of family violence.

Companion Animals in Human Health, 1998, edited by Cindy C. Wilson and Dennis C. Turner. A collection of well written papers from the 7th International conference on animals. The articles address Human Animal Interaction (HAI) according to the elements that define quality of life for humans and animals. A must-read for health and social science professionals caring for clients who already have companion animals or for clients who might benefit from such interaction.

Creating a Peaceable Kingdom: How to Live With More Than One Pet by Cynthia D. Miller, 1997, Animalia Publishing Co. Excellent resource for Eden facilities. Good suggestions on care and well-being of a wide variety of companion animals living together in a single setting.

A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness by James J. Lynch, PhD, 2000, Bancroft Press. This book is hailed by many of our Nation’s medical luminaries as a major contribution to understanding one of the crucial health issues confronting us in the new millennium . . . human loneliness. If you would like to learn more about his book, please read this interview with Dr Lynch.

Good For Your Animals, Good For You: How to Live and Work with Animals in Activity and Therapy Programs and Stay Healthy by David Walter-Toews and Andrea Ellis. Available through the Delta Society. Good resource on Zoonosis prevention.

Guidelines: Animals in Nursing Homes. Published by The Delta Society. No longer available in print, but a good resource if you can find it.

Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice, 2000, edited by Aubrey Fine. This is the book we in the AAT profession have been awaiting! It provides a comprehensive overview of the many ways in which animals can be used to assist therapists. Contributors represent the top people in the field from hospital settings, veterinary hospitals, animal training centers, and therapists in practice. A must have for anyone serious about working within the AAT field.

Hop To It: A Guide to Training Your Pet Rabbit by Samantha Hunter, 1991, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.

Life Worth Living: How Someone You Love Can Still Enjoy Life in a Nursing Home. The Eden Alternative in Action by William H. Thomas, M.D., 1996. Published by VanderWyk and Burnham. Also check out the Eden Alternative web site.

The Loving Bond: Companion Animals in the Helping Professions by Phil Arkow, Editor for the Latham Foundation, 1987, R&E Publishers, Inc., Saratoga, CA 95070.

Nature as a Guide by Linda Lloyd Nebbe, 1995 (Second Edition), Educational Media Corporation. Great resource for intergenerational programming ideas with kids, animals, nature, and elders.

“Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone?” by Sally Sibbitt, 1991, B. Libby Press, Wayzatta, MN 55391.  Great workbook for children or adults dealing with the loss of a pet.

Open Hearts Open Minds by William H. Thomas, M.D., 1998.

Pet Therapy: A Study and Resource Guide to the Use of Companion Animals in Selected Therapies by Phil Arkow, 1998 (8th edition). This 200-page, worldwide guide to the premise and promise of animal-assisted therapy includes a complete worldwide resource guide to research and programs in AAT and the HCAB. $28.00 includes postage. Order from: Phil Arkow, 37 Hillside Rd., Stratford, NJ 08084 or e-mail

Remembering Pets: A Program Manual by Lynne Martin Erickson and Katheryn Leide, 1991, A Bi-Focal Productions, Inc. Borrow this Bi Focal Kit from your local library. It includes video, slides, and other resources for reminiscing with residents.

Standards of Practice for Animal-Assisted Activities & Therapy. Published by The Delta Society, 1996. Good resource for ideas about establishing policies and procedures for facilities.