Animal Assisted Therapy

Recently there have been some articles lately in newspapers, television and social media about animals helping out those who are sick or depressed.

Bronwen the horse.

One in particular that caught my attention recently about a hospital in Wigan that granted a dying pensioners request to see her horse for one last time while she was in hospital. The request was granted and the horse was waiting for her in the hospital car park. Bronwen the horse who Mrs Marsh has cared for 25 years walked straight up to the pensioner and nuzzled her cheek as Mrs Marsh gently spoke to her. The pensioner died several hours after the visit.

How wonderful to know that she died a happy woman.

In the UK the Royal College of Nursing has said that animals should be allowed into children’s hospitals. In a survey given of more than 750 nurses nine out of 10 of the nurses believed that animals could improve the well being of patients with mental health issues and 60 per cent said animals may speed up physical recovery. The Royal College of nursing is writing up vigorous guidelines for hospitals on how to use animal therapy safely and effectively. The new protocol would require animals and their handlers to be properly trained and to cover such things as health check-ups and inoculations.

I am 100% behind this and I am looking to help in an initiative in New Zealand between the SPCA and St John because as far as I am concerned pet assisted therapy works 100%.

Without the Little Cat I wouldn’t be here.

Photo credit: BBC

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