Most people have enjoyed wonderful experiences with their pet dog, cat or other
animals. Medical and mental health professionals are aware of the positive therapeutic
and soothing effects animals can have on patience. Clinical studies report that
animals can contribute to physical health by lowering blood pressure and
reducing anxiety. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy programs in
hospitals find that animals can help motivate patients to exercise in ways
designed to improve their motor skills.
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|The human-animal bond is used in mental health arenas to encourage and foster socialization and communication skills, stabilize emotions, brighten mood, increase ones self-control, address grief and loss issues, improve self-esteem and problem solving skills. Animal interaction in a therapeutic environment teaches understanding, compassion, responsibility and the beginnings of establishing trust. That's why we say... "It's The Animals"™.|
Meet our Pet Partners
The AKA Ranch therapeutic after
school program is administered through
Shadow Ranch, Inc. a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation.
Financial support and other donations are sincerely appreciated
and help to expand the scope of services offered by AKA Ranch.
We welcome your
questions and comments.
P.O. Box 122
Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750