About the Animal Assisted Therapy Unit at Willows
Jenny Gray - Manager

Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves an animal with specific characteristics, becoming a fundamental part of a person's treatment. Animal-Assisted Therapy is designed to improve the physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning of the patient, as well as provide educational and motivational effectiveness for the participant. AAT can be provided on an individual or group basis.

Many kinds of animals are used in therapy, including dogs, cats, elephants, birds, dolphins, rabbits, lizards, and other small animals. AAT with horses is known specifically as equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP), and is one of the many options we offer at the sanctuary.

To read more about our AAT programmes please download this document.