Animal-assisted therapy is a program, which experiences many miracles on a day-to-day basis
as people who will not respond to other humans open up to furry, caring creatures.
Many elderly residents in elder care facilities live for the
day our animals come to see them.
Animal-assisted therapy provides unconditional
love, acceptance, comfort, and companionship to individuals who miss their own pets.
Petting an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of cortisol and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. The result: heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels drop. Over the long-term, pet and human interactions can help lower cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke.
The PAAWS program provides weekly visits to area elder care facilities in our community. Each visit includes several animals including cats, dogs and rabbits, and in some instances we are invited to bring our other farm animals.
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.~~Anonymous