Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Through animal-assisted therapy — which can also include cats, horses, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, pigs, alpacas, and llamas — people can improve their mental and physical wellness by bonding with an animal.

Denise Silcox has served as a volunteer evaluator and instructor with Pet Partners for nearly 15 years and has one of her three dogs active in the Therapy Animal Program. To enroll, a person and their pet must complete a handler’s workshop, then be evaluated as a team to ensure they work well together.

Once trained, the animal — which Silcox said are primarily dogs — can be employed in a variety of environments, from prisons to hospitals to schools and more.

Read more about the physical, emotional, and social benefits that animal-assisted therapy provides here: