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Animal Assisted Activities

Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) provide opportunities for motivational, educational, therapeutic, and recreational benefits to enhance the quality of life.



AAA is delivered in a variety of environments by a specially trained professional, paraprofessional, and volunteer in association with animals that meet specific criteria.

These are the basic short meet-and-greet sessions of pets visiting people in a hospital, residential care centre, etc.


 Many people can repeat the same activity.


The aim of the program is to help improve the well-being of the community, patients, residents, and their families through positive contact with visiting animals.

  • Each person is given the opportunity to participate in the meet and greet with the animals. Allowing people to get up close and personal with animals.

  • For many, this can be their first interaction with a specific animal and provides a positive and educational experience.

  • For those that live in a community or aged care facility who have had to give up their pets or are unable to house their own pet, love the opportunity to experience an animal and the interaction.

Specific treatment goals are not planned for each visit, detailed notes and documentation are not required, and visits are spontaneous and can be as short or long as necessary.

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