Can a dog (or a cat, bunny, horse, etc…) help improve your health? The answer is YES! Therapy animals are becoming more popular and widely used these days. What is a therapy animal? It’s a trained and certified animal whose mission is to provide comfort, help reduce stress and anxiety, and bring peace and joy to us humans. Therapy animals are used in a number of ways including visiting people in the hospital, visiting schools during exam week, visiting nursing home residents and visiting libraries to participate in reading programs. Our CCPL Library is very happy that we have partnered with Pets on Wheels to provide therapy animals during our virtual monthly Paws to Read program where children (or adults) can read to a friendly furry friend. We currently have several dogs, a cat, and two bunnies.
We’d like to introduce you to them: