Your dog Fido has a new job. The growing field of pet and animal-assisted therapy is boosting wellness for those who need it most: the elderly, the hospitalised, and those needing at-home care.
For example Delta Therapy Dogs is a heartwarming program that brings the joys of animal companionship to those who need it most. Delta's amazing and devoted volunteer Therapy Dog Teams with over 1000+ volunteers and their special dogs brighten the lives of an estimated 20,000 Australians in hospitals and care facilities every week. There are currently over 850 facilities involved nationally ranging from aged care through to acute care hospitals for children and adults as well as mental health, prisons and dementia specific facilities.
Founded in 1991 by Animals Asia, the "Dr Dog" program brings people in need of a best friend in the form of a pet.
Dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses – even a therapeutic, interactive robot named Paro that looks like a fluffy seal – can transform your well-being by simply spending time with you to:
If you or an ageing loved one needed therapy, would you be willing to try pet therapy?