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her RA interfere with caring for birds and small mammals. Here she’s pictured with a creature native to Australia known as a tawny frogmouth.
Rachel Taylor, of Queensland, Australia, suffers from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, and a few other conditions. She ran a domestic animal rescue until her health forced her to close the business.
Seeking another avenue for helping animals, she too became a wildlife rehabilitator. “The birds are my sanity,” she laughs.
Two More Ways to Add Animals to Your Life
If you’d like add some fur-time to your day but don’t feel ready to go all in, you can still reap the rewards of animal-assisted therapy. Here are a few ideas:
#1. Sign Up to Have A Therapy Animal Visit YOU
If you are unable to have a long-term pet in your home due to allergies, rental restrictions, or other challenge, you might be able to arrange for a therapy animal to visit you because guess what?, some dogs make house calls!
At least one study showed that therapy dog visits in an outpatient setting can provide significant reduction in pain and emotional distress for those in chronic pain.6
Many healthy dog owners recognize their dogs’ good nature and friendly dispositions make them ideal candidates for being therapy dogs and bring their dog for house visits to people that suffer illness as a way of contributing to society themselves.
Guinea pigs, miniature horses, and cats are also available for this type of interaction. So if you’re stuck at home suffering in pain, perhaps you can find a neighbor or group with a therapy animal that can come to your house.