It is proven that Pet Therapy can help people feel better – emotionally and physically. Emotionally animals help lift a person’s mood. They give people something to focus on outside of themselves. People who are sick, lonely, feeling down and even depressed will often respond to an animal offering genuine affection and unconditional love. Severely sick or depressed individuals may show increased awareness, attention span and interest in the world around them.

Physically touching and interacting with animals can help lower a person’s blood pressure and provide stress relief. People with pets also have longer life spans and suffer from less depression.  Pet therapy works because these animals are non-threatening and non- judgmental. They don’t expect anything.  There is no pressure on the person to do or say anything.

The bond our Volunteer Pets have aided our patients in facing and dealing with many aspects of dying. The animal/human bond is unconditional and with that comes a freedom for patients to be able to peacefully and comfortably discuss and resolve issues they are dealing with while their Volunteer Pet sits comfortably at their side.

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