We’ve known for a long time about the benefits of pet therapy — we see a lot of stories about animals helping service members with post-traumatic stress disorder and children with autism, or just the calming effects pets can have on people in general. Senior citizens also can benefit from having regular interactions with pets. More nursing homes around the country are opening their doors to allow animals to visit, and residents report that the dogs and cats (and sometimes horses, too!) offer comfort while alleviating feelings of loneliness and helping with medical conditions.
It’s a good story, and we’re glad more nursing homes are recognizing the power of the human-animal bond.