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Fur baby therapy begins at Emerge

April 22, 2022

Youngsters being supported by Emerge are about to benefit from a Rotary Moorabbin sponsored animal therapy program.

The eight-week program will see guinea pigs and a dog come into the refuge to help children overcome their anxiety and reduce their stress.

Michal, Refuge Team Leader said Emerge had had a successful trial run with animal therapy and this new funding would allow new children to engage in the program.

Animal assisted therapy is relatively new in Australia.

“We have been looking for ways to extend our therapy programs, including the use of social robots and now animals,” Michal said.

“The more offerings we can provide, the more we can tailor our programs to the many youngsters who are supported by us.

Data is emerging to support the mental health, cognitive, social and emotional benefits of animal-assisted therapy.

“Certainly, early research shows that animal-assisted therapy can help in improving moods, reducing aggression and increasing social interactions,” Michal said.

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