The first therapeutic recognized benefits of Animal Assisted therapy were in the 1800s by Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of nursing. She noticed that children were less anxious when there was a small animal present and started working with animals to alleviate anxiety.
I first started learning about the importance of Animal Assisted Therapy when I worked with wolves at Mission: Wolf. Wolves can detect the incongruence in others and ask for honest, authentic feelings from one being to another. Wolves feel safe when they know how someone is acting how they feel instead of trying to hide it.
Wolves are also great at setting boundaries and dealing with their feelings at the moment. Seeing the impact wolves had on people, I continued to explore the ways nature and animals could facilitate the healing process in others.
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