by Derek Brouwer
Helena Independent Record
October 24, 2013
A hand reaches out, a wagging tail approaches, and an elderly face breaks into a smile. It's a scene that's increasingly common in the Helena Valley, thanks to volunteers from Intermountain Therapy Animals. Activity directors and health care professionals report that visiting pets reach nursing home residents, hospital patients, and retirement home residents in ways that other therapeutic activities can't.
by CJ Puotinen
Reprinted with permission from OffLead Magazine, Volume 3, Edition 1, 2002
Since pets were first allowed in America’s hospitals and nursing homes, researchers have documented the benefits of their visits. Thanks to overwhelmingly positive publicity, the demand for pet therapy has grown, and today several local and national organizations offer information, training, testing, registration, and liability insurance.