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Research project


The charity has been involved in a research project for the past three years, in partnership with The National Autistic Society and the University of Lincoln’s Department of Biological Sciences, after being awarded a grant to carry out this research funded by The National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

The project investigated why dogs affect children with autism and the impact on the family as a whole. The research found that owning a pet dog reduced stress in parents of children with autism.

Read more about the research or watch highlights of the findings in the short film below:

As PAWS is the first ever project of its kind, we were awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant to carry out this research funded by The National Lottery.

We are very grateful to all the families who took part and made it a success.

Read more about other research on the topic here.


PAWS research project sponsors