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.

Students bond, read to therapy pets as part of learning experience

Helena Independent Record, April 8, 2015

by Alexander Deedy

Photos by Thom Bridge

Lucy.

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.

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We would like to thank our Corporate Sponsors for their continued support.

 

Charlotte Snyder, Most Wanted Advertising

Most Wanted Advertising, Inc.

Jon Miller, State Farm

State Farm