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Llamas Have Become Popular Therapy Animals

Move over, therapy dogs. Here come the llamas!

Llamas and alpacas are simultaneously growing more common in therapeutic settings. While a handful are registered with Pet Partners, a national nonprofit clearinghouse for therapy animals, most are simply family farm pets whose owners take them to hospitals, college campuses and senior centers to ease people's stress.

At Pet Partners, 94%  of the registered therapy animals are dogs, but there are 20 llamas and alpacas in the mix, said Elisabeth Van Every, a spokeswoman for the group. (Most are llamas, which are much larger than alpacas and typically far friendlier to humans.)

Writing in The New York Times, Jennifer A. Kingson explains how the charismatic camelids are increasingly being used for therapeutic purposes in nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. "The novelty factor is a big part of the appeal, along with the creatures' big-eyed, empathetic gaze," she writes.

Source: The New York Times

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Meet The Adorable Therapy Animals Providing Emotional Support To College Students

People on twitter are posting photos of dogs, cats and even chinchillas that are are registered as emotional support animals to students going back to the college life and it will fill your heart with love.  

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13 Precious Moments Between Therapy Dogs And The People They Comfort

Therapy dogs provide love, affection, happiness and comfort to those who need it the most. Man's best friend is trained to be a calm, encouraging and the best shoulder to cry on during bleak times. Here are some of their amazing stories. Via: Shared.com

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Mute Girl Says Her First Words To Her Theraphy Donkey

6 years old Amber Austwick, was mute all her life until a donkey therapy named Shocks, helped her say her first words

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