Many people can become involved with these practices, including children with disabilities, elders in nursing homes, and kids in juvenile detention centers. Tova Navarra, author of The Encyclopedia of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, states that “another use of animal-assisted therapy is the use of animals to cuddle and interact with traumatized or catastrophically ill patients of all ages in order to heighten emotional comfort and to help people reconnect with normal activity after a significant event, such as a natural disaster or war” (7). Sometimes after a traumatizing event, human contact is not the best option for support. Being bombarded with questions and condolences can be overwhelming when you are trying to simply move on from such horrific events. Animals may provide more comfort than any person could provide.
Many animals are involved