Deed #11: Therapy dogs
Pets bring joy and health to your life. DRA shares well-being with their pets through volunteer work among adolescents and elderly people.
Visits of therapy dogs in residential homes make severely demented and depressed elderly people smile and brighten up their day. For adolescents, therapy dogs are reliable listeners and open up communication.
We also have ’paw therapy’ available at our office in the form of warmth and positive atmosphere from presence of our office dogs.
Barker, S. B., Knisely, J. S., McCain, N. L., & Best, A. M. (2005). Measuring stress and immune response in healthcare professionals following interaction with a therapy dog.