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The healing power of animals

A study carried out by the Pet Care Trust Foundation looked into quantifying the physical & psychological effects of introducing animals to patients in the cardiac intensive care facility at the UCLA Medical Center. In 2005, during American Heart Association Conference in Dallas, TC, the researchers announced the findings: the UCLA study showed that trained Assistance Therapy dogs, visiting severely ill cardiac patients in intensive care, lowered their stress and anxiety and their heart and lung pressure significantly.

As the article says “The scientific “proof” that dogs, and many other well cared for animals, interacting with children, adults and elders in hospitals, in long term care, in schoolrooms and in homes, is a significant benefit for the health of humans, as well as unconditional love within and for our society”

To read the full article please visit http://www.petcaretrust.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3321 

God created animals to be our companions and helpers. The same animals considered pets in this part of the world are seen as food in others. Humanity, throughout time, has used and abused animals for its own benefit. By reflecting God’s love onto all Creation our relationship to animals can bring healing and restoration in a broken world.

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