The A&P Sommer Foundation
The Adrienne & Pierre Sommer Foundation
Involving animals, improving lives
Established in 1971, the Adrienne & Pierre Sommer Foundation is a French non-profit organization that provides funding for HAI programs, research, and learning at healthcare, social service, educational, and correctional institutions throughout France.
The Foundation pursues founders Adrienne and Pierre Sommer’s initial goal of raising children’s awareness concerning animals by designing and distributing educational materials for children of ages 3 to 11 to French schools. It has provided major sponsorship for family-oriented exhibits including “Dogs and Cats” and “Baby animals” at Paris’ Cité des Sciences Museum as well as funding for educational farms and dog-behavior workshops for special needs and the general public.
The Foundation’s second mission is to support animal-assisted interventions in social welfare and healthcare sectors. Indeed, involving animals can effectively enhance therapies and programs for handicapped children and adults, troubled youth, dependent seniors, and even prisoners and prison staff. To this end, the Foundation provides public and private establishments with funding for approximately 60 initiatives every year, for a total of 700 since 2003.
Finally, the Foundation is dedicated to furthering HAI research and knowledge. It does so though research grants, academic awards, and significant involvement in national and international conferences.
The A & P Sommer Foundation is financially independent and has operated under the auspices of the Fondation de France, the country’s leading umbrella for philanthropic organizations, since 1984.