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Can Animals Improve Your Health?

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Fritz Smith
Director of Empire ServiceDog Program of Albany, N.Y.

Pat Rowe

Therapy dog handler whose two chocolate labs make frequent visits to St. Peter's Health Care Services, St. Claire's Church and Veeder Elementary School.

Karen Stanley-White, P.T.

Physical therapist and executive director of Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program of Glenville, N.Y.


Nanci Beyerl, M.S.W.

Social worker and executive director of Peaceful Acres Horses, Inc. of Pattersonville, N.Y.

Related Resources

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents information on the health benefits of caring for pets.

• The Delta Society is dedicated to improving human health through service and therapy animals.

Pet presents an article on many of the physical and medical benefits of pets., a non-profit resource focused on helping people resolve many of life's challenges, suggests ways in which caring for a pet can make you happier and healthier.

Therapy Dogs International is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registering therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions where therapy dogs are needed.

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