Animals : Our Silent Saviors

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Animals: Our Silent Saviors “Animals are such agreeable friends-they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”
–George Eliot. Many people today would agree that animals are wonderful pets and can have a huge capacity to love and comfort those around them. Some would go as far as to call them family. They can be wonderful pets, caretakers, guards, and even therapists. Over the years, the use of dogs, horses, dolphins, and other animals has increased in popularity and gained merit in the world of psychology. Dogs are great service animals and visit hospitals to help lessen the stress that patients are feeling. Horses and other animals such as dolphins are also used to help disabled children, soldiers suffering from PTSD and psychiatric
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Horses are wonderful for helping children, veterans, and others in need of physical/emotional therapy. For instance, the Calisto Park Equestrian Centre focuses on providing help for those with disabilities trying to ride horses. The Centre is run by a woman named Claire Byrne, an equestrian living with osteoporosis, and vision impairment. Byrne explains that, "[She] started this business because horses can do so much for people at risk, such as returned soldiers or people with a disability. Riding helps people develop physical strength, creates good social interaction and gives them a hobby.” Byrne points out the positive aspects that riding horses can bring to those who are living with illness or anxiety. She herself is dealing with a rare bone disease and trouble with her vision, yet working with these horses and riding them has only made her stronger both physically and mentally. She has even competed at a national level for six years and had great success in dressage while maintaining a positive outlook on life and pursuing her ambitions to help others in her position (Bayside Bulletin). Hundreds of lives have been helped through this form of therapy already, and the possibilities are endless. Additionally, dogs are frequently used for therapy as well as for service purposes. They allow a safe outlet for closed off psychiatric patients, and can help senior patients
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