The Adrienne & Pierre Sommer Foundation is dedicated to advancing mutually respectful human-animal interaction (HAI) and animal-assisted interventions (AAI), where involving animals improves people’s lives.
Involving animals has proven a compelling means for professionals in social service and healthcare sectors to enhance their practices and more effectively help people deal with social, physical, sensorial, intellectual, and psychological handicaps or difficulties. The A&P Sommer Foundation institutions in France that offer HAI programs characterized by clearly defined goals, means, and evaluation schemes.
Interaction with animals can help all children to develop their sense of empathy, compassion, mutual respect, responsibility, and good citizenship. The A&P Sommer Foundation remains committed to fostering children’s knowledge and awareness of animals through appealing educational materials and sponsorship of public events.
Since its creation in 1971, the A&P Sommer Foundation has expanded its activities from not only providing funding but also consciously encouraging and monitoring HAI development. The Foundation has enabled pioneering HAI programs in the French correctional system, commissioned national surveys and academic research, and formed national and international partnerships.