Senior-approved animals of all varieties are frequently stopping by. An alpaca, a frequent Encore visitor, is close to earning its animal therapy certificate. In addition to show animals, residents are visited by rodeo workers and fair animals, like bull riders, rodeo clowns, and horses. And, of course, we have to mention Encore’s very own pet mascot, Rosie!
Studies show that simply the nature of some animals make them instinctive healers for humans, providing unconditional love, emotional presence, and true companionship.
We’ve also seen first-hand the positive impact the human-animal bond has had on our residents. Pet therapy has been known to boost well-being and help improve health issues including high blood pressure and anxiety.
The benefits of pet therapy for seniors are abundant and may include: