Everyone wants to feel loved. And, pets are known for having nothing but unconditional love and affection to give. That's why pet therapy was a bi-weekly staple in my activity programming when I worked at a senior living community.
Every resident responded positively to the love and affection of the dogs and cats that visited our community. Even as their vision, hearing, and memory faded, their sense of touch remained. Feeling a pet’s fur and their unconditional love and affection brought them peace and comfort in a way nothing else did. It helped jog their memories of pets they owned at different points of their lives. Pet therapy could make even the crankiest resident's heart melt.
Pets are natural-born caregivers. All they want to do is love and be loved. This makes them great at helping children and adults cope with a variety of ailments and mental health issues. Whether you have anxiety, depression, or even physical pain, feeling the love of a pet is sure to boost your spirits, shift your mood, and increase your self-worth and self-esteem.