We understand the irreplaceable therapeutic benefits of having your cat or dog with you during recovery. Pets give the gifts of acceptance, unconditional love, and non-judgment. Their companionship is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and the physiological stress response.
Not only do pets make great companions, they also make it easier to relate and socialize with other people. The animal is a great topic of conversation and a shared interest of clients. Having pets around builds community and creates a relaxed and healing environment for recovery.
People struggling with addiction and mental health issues often lack trust in themselves and other people. The responsibility of taking care of a pet can help clients cultivate empathy, rebuild trust and confidence, and feel open to receiving help.
“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”
“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.”
"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.”