“It’s great to learn how to care for the animals. Sharing their trust and being gentle can make your day. Seeing them content is rewarding and worthwhile.” Patient, State Hospital Scotland

“Bonding with animals is often much easier than getting people to like and trust you, so animals-as-therapy is a great first step in the rehabilitation process. Aileen Galt, State Hospital Scotland

There’s a great article describing the impact of mental health inpatients having contact with animals, including an interview with one of the leading researchers on the topic, the psychiatrist Aaron Katcher.

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Social benefits

Health benefits