Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Worldwide, in Western as in Eastern societies, in metropolitan as in suburban and rural areas, we can observe an unsustainable trend of separation of humans from humans and of humans from other animals. Despite the increasing phenomena such as social media and internet, human sociability is today threatened. This is generating disconnection, isolation and dis-ease, and is adversely affecting our individual and collective wellbeing.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Humans and dogs have co-evolved as species for thousands of years. Yet, we can improve the quality of our interactions with non-human animals in general, and with dogs in particular, as an opportunity for humans to reconnect to a deeper part of our being in this world, within ourselves and with other humans or species.
Education, training, community activities and compassionate conservation are essential gates to promoting a culture of empathy. In this regard, dogs are our assistants, mentors, teachers, guides. Dogs, in fact, are extremely social and moral animals. With their help, we can learn to restore our own sociability and with it, essential values such as justice, honesty, respect, trust, kindness, acceptance, and fairness.