"Paws & Hearts"Animal Assisted Therapy

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Why Pet Therapy is Important

Community programs that bring animals and people together for companionship and therapy began in the 1970s, and are growing rapidly. The introduction of animals into the patients' environment is a way of humanizing health care. This is becoming increasing important because the more that high technology is introduced into society, the greater the need for "high touch." Naisbitt, 1982.

Among seniors, pet therapy:

  • Diminishes emotional pain
  • Diminishes physical pain
  • Reduces boredom
  • Reduces anxiety, and
  • Makes people happy


"Gus" loves his job of visiting clients at a few long-term facilities in the valley. Here "Gus" is sitting with one of his buddies at a Palm Springs facility.

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Among children who are in homeless shelters or institutionalized, pet therapy teaches:

  • Gentleness
  • Caring
  • Responsibility
  • How to interact safely with a pet, and most importantly,
  • Allows them to love a pet


"Lulu" visits with the children at Martha's Village & Kitchen and has a hugh impact on their daily activities!

Children exposed to educational programs on the humane treatment of animals display enhanced empathy for humans compared with children not exposed to such programs.

Recent Quotations from Leading Studies

"Since the hospital began a canine program early last year, patients have credited the dogs with improving their moods and motivating them to recover faster. Dogs give patients something to take their minds off the enormity of their problems." Ladies Home Journal, 12/01.

"With the kids who are medically fragile, they're often tense. But sometimes when they pet dogs, their hands and indeed, entire bodies relax, open up, and their breathing slows down. Overall, they become more physically and emotionally relaxed." Dogs in Canada Magazine, 2/02.

"Researchers found even one 30-minute long session of animal assisted therapy reduced loneliness to a statistically significant degree." Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 7/02.

"Community programs that bring animals and people together for companionship and therapy began in the 1970s, and are growing rapidly. The introduction of animals into the patients environment is a way of humanizing health care. This is becoming increasing important because the more that high technology is introduced into society, the greater the need for "high touch." Naisbitt, 1982.



"Dunkin" has been visiting the residents at Premier Care in Palm Springs for three years. It is prety obvious from these pictures that "Dunkin" is much loved by the residents who anxiously await his weekly visit!

Pets provide internal chemical therapeutics for people.

Tests show that within minutes of petting a dog, the humans and dogs alike experience massive release of such beneficial hormones as prolactin, oxytocin and phenylethylamine.

"Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy reduces emotional, physical pain, boredom, anxiety, makes seniors happy, teaches kids in shelters, institutions, gentleness, responsibility, safe pet contact & allows kids to love pets.


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"Paws & Hearts" Animal Assisted Therapy
74-133 El Paseo, Suite 7, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone (760) 836-1406
Fax (760) 836-1426