Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) or zootherapy is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve the patient’s social, emotional and cognitive functioning.

Animal-assisted therapy is effectively used in the care of children and teenagers. A therapist who brings along a pet may be viewed as being less threatening, increasing the relationship between patient and therapist. At Emunah Achuzat Sara the AAT is taking place at our petting zoo where parrots, rabbits, guinea pigs and goats live next to each other.

The benefits of using animals in therapy with children:

  • They encourage activity
  • They offer unconditional love
  • They are reassuring and soothing
  • Their enthusiasm and love of life is contagious
  • They encourage social interaction and contact