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Introduction Imagine a peaceful farm. Goats, bunnies, chickens, pigs, and other animals roam around this beautiful place. Now imagine the farm filled with smiling children experiencing the healing properties that animals bring. The non profit organization, Animal Assisted Happiness, however, is not imaginary. According to an article from Healthline, “Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. Interacting with a friendly pet can help many physical and mental issues. It can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state.� Animal Assisted Happiness delivers these healing powers by connecting humans and animals, and bringing smiles to children with disabilities. Not only do their animals bring joy to the kids, but the volunteers and workers also get to experience the joyful effects of the human-animal bond and see the happiness the animals bring to those they are serving.

As a volunteer for AAH, I have made friendships with people around my age, some older and some younger, that have a variety of disabilities. Despite our differences, we are all able to come together to share the healing process of animal therapy. I personally struggle with anxiety and depression; however, while volunteering for this organization, I can feel myself calm down and experience the moment. I always find myself with a smile when I’m around the kids I work with, as well as the animals. Their new farm is a beautiful, peaceful, yet playful environment where smiles are waiting to be shared. They have goats, pigs, guinea pigs, bunnies, chickens, horses, alpacas, sheep, ducks, and birds. Along a walkway going through the whole farm, you can find all of these animals in their own play pens and designated sections. As you make your way through, you will be directed with colorful signs made by kids and volunteers, that point you in the direction of certain animals. Previous page: Goat at AAH Farm

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Profile for Freestyle Academy

Book by Olivia Aherns  

Book by Olivia Aherns  

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