BenePets—friends for health—friends for life!
Pet therapy is a guided interaction between an individual and a trained animal. It also involves positive interactions with the animal’s handler. The purpose of BenePet therapy is to help our members gain the documented therapeutic benefits associated with pet therapy, while creating an even more home like atmosphere in our Life Enrichment Programs.
The Benefits of Pet Therapy
Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. Thanks to this natural relationship, pet therapy can aid progress toward goals in human physical, social, emotional, and cognitive function (American Veterinary Medical Association, 2013). Dogs and cats are the animals most commonly used in pet therapy. However fish, guinea pigs, horses, and other animals that meet screening criteria can be used.
For some members, contact with the BenePet teams evokes memories of pets in their lives, past or present. The benefits of pet companionship include lowered blood pressure, diminished overall physical pain, decreased loneliness, and improved interactions with others. Pets also help calm those suffering from a dementia disorder.
BenePet therapists say they get as much joy from the experience as our members. If you have an interest in becoming a pet therapy team with your pet, please fill out our BenePets Behavior-Temperament Questionnaire.