Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
Animal-assisted therapy is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.
While on our hurricane Harvey rescue mission, we met someone who later called to ask if I could take in some - or all - of the animals from a petting zoo that was closing down. It didn't take long to say, "Yes, we can take all of them!" We had the space out-buildings, and room in our hearts. We brought in alpacas, goats, pigs, horses, peacocks, emus, geese, ducks, chickens, and a dove. Many of the animals are seniors and all of them will have a permanent home with us at PPI / Great Strides.
All of these special animals love people. They are eager participants in PPI's animal therapy program, where children and adults with special needs can come to pet, brush, feed, and just spend time with them for a fun and therapeutic experience. Slide show below.