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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Chance For Bliss: Special Needs Persons Helping Special Needs Animals

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Have you see the recent story on A Chance for Bliss,? It is a unique animal sanctuary , a home for senior, special need pets, and for those with end of of life issues. It is run by David and Deanna Bartley in Penryn, Calif. This wonderful couple not only helps animals of all kinds in need, but also brings people with special needs in to help with the animals.

Whether animals provide a service or just their companionship, pets are a great help and comfort to a person with special needs. Petting a dog has been shown to lower blood pressure. Bringing a pet to a nursing home cheers everyone's moods and helps resdents engage in more social interactions. The Bartley's have taken this a step further at A Chance For Bliss; they understand that persons with special needs can also be a great help and comfort to their animals in need.

Pet therapy, therapeutic horse riding, and hippotherapy utilize relationships between people and animals to improve people's mental and physical health. Through the animal-human bond, animals offer us unconditional love and companionship. The Bartley's recognize that special needs persons can provide the same kind of acceptance, love, companionship, and friendship to a special animal in need. Their program brings happiness and companionship to those most often forgotten in today's society: the elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, and the terminally ill. And this, of all species.

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