We can offer Animal Assisted Therapy both at our farm and in the community. We can visit children's homes, educational facilities, care homes, community centres and cafes.
On the whole, the goal of animal assisted therapy is to alleviate mental stress or help people cope with some symptoms of various conditions where possible.
The exact type of animal therapy can vary greatly depending on what condition the person has, the type of animal, and what kind of therapy they provide. On our farms we have Pigs, Chickens, Geese, small pets corners with rabbits and guinea pigs. Hoping to get some Alpaca and sheep very soon.
Our community animal therapy pets consist of dogs unless specifically request another animal.
Animal therapy builds on a concept called the human -animal bond which describes people’s desire to interact with and relate to animals. For many people, by interacting with a friendly animal, they can form a bond with them. This bond can produce a calming state in the person.
This bond itself may help the person in several ways, such as:
- reducing boredom
- increasing movement and activity through walks and play
- providing companionship and decreasing loneliness
- increasing social interactions
- improving mood and general well-being
The positive interactions with an animal may lead to benefits in the mind and body, such as reduced stress and an overall more balanced mental and emotional state.
Animal therapy partially uses this bond in a directed way to achieve the goals of the therapy. You will be aiding looking after the animals, including stroking (scratching in the pigs case), grooming and cleaning their beds and enclosures.