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The benefits of pet therapy

Pet therapy has become a popular option in hospitals and aged care centres, with proven benefits that dogs can imporve human health and general well-being.The Lort Smith Animal Hospital has run a volunteer program for pet therapy since 1983. It has more than 150 volunteers who take their dogs to one of 55 orgaisations acorss the state. Reporter Hollie Thwaites spoke the Lort Smith volunteer co-ordinator, Megan Nutbeam about the program. Dedicated volunteer, Sue Kurtbegovi of spoodle Alfred (pictured) shared her story about the reactions of those young and old who get comfort from a visiting dog. Volunteer co-ordinators, Brenda Kittelty (RCH) and Tanya Warms (Manningham Centre) also told Panorama how pet therapy is important for patients/ residents.

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