Dogs, Cats, and Mom

We’ve heard the stories of therapy dogs working wonders at hospitals. Besides being a cute diversion, studies show they offer tangible health benefits – see one random article discussing health benefits here.

There are pet friendly homes already but not everyone is able to take care of their own animal so someone finally had the smart idea to start bringing therapy pets to assisted living residences (see this article from Tonawanda news).

I think the next logical step is to incorporate shared animals into the homes themselves with dedicated space for them to be continuously available to residents.  What do you think – would that be a nice amenity or is it taking a good fad a little too far?


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