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Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy

"The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment." - American Veterinary Medical Association

Companion animals offer security, companionship, comfort, and unconditional love. Animal- assisted therapy (AAT) programs bring those and other benefits to people in health facilities, shelters, schools, libraries, and other settings where people may not be able to have pets of their own.

AAT occurs when dogs or other animals are included in a patient's treatment plan. They can assist with recovery and help patients cope with health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and mental health disorders. AAT also serves a broader purpose, providing comfort and enjoyment for short- or long-term clients in healthcare facilities.

Research on the many benefits of animal assisted therapy has confirmed the value of the work NCTD volunteers do. AAT has proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also help increase self-esteem, improve social skills, and help children improve their reading and communication skills.

To bring comfort, healing, and learning to children and adults with certified therapy animals.

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