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Lend A Heart is comprised of volunteers dedicated to sharing hope and understanding through our well-trained, certified handlers and animals. The goal of every interaction is to facility the healing process and to contribute to the improvement of the clients' overall well-being.
An animal-assisted therapy program involves volunteers taking their skilled therapy dogs, rabbits and cats to visit nursing homes, hospitals, convalescent centers and schools or institutions for the mentally and physically handicapped. Many clients have difficulty in communicating with other people but do respond to animals, which can be a positive step toward communicating with humans. The unconditional love offered by an animal, coupled with their non-judgmental attitude, make them ideal participants in emotional and physical therapy. The interaction of an individual and an animal, even on a temporary basis, has proven to be medically beneficial, as well as offering the recipient a morale-building experience.
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