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  1. Dragonfly Haven Therapeutic Farm

    This is no ordinary farm however. This is a retreat that offers an alternative approach to healing.“It is a place where children and their families can step out of the stressful world and enjoy the healing power of animals and nature,” says Paul. The business endeavors to...

  2. ANIMAL-ASSISTED ACTIVITIES: Effects of Animals on Positive Emotional Display in Children in Inclusion Classrooms

    Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Gayatri Mazgaonkar

    Animals are commonly present in classrooms and may be an important tool in enhancing children’s experiences, especially in inclusion classrooms that provide integrative learning for both typically developing children and children with special needs. The purpose of this study was to...

  3. One Thousand Guinea Pigs

    Contributor(s):: Martie Ilena Stothoff

    When I was at home earlier in the year, I explained to my parents that my photography project was about the relationship between humans and animals. My father then told me about how he had heard our friend, Gabi, a professor in agriculture at Smith College, on NPR talking about her newest...

  4. Pals for Life

    We are a non-profit organization founded in 1985 that brings pets to those who need them throughout the Delaware Valley. Our mission is to enable people to lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives through interaction with companion animals.We provide Pet Visitation...

  5. ExNOTic: Should We Be Keeping Exotic Pets?

    Contributor(s):: Rachel A Grant, V Tamara Montrose, Alison P Wills

    There has been a recent trend towards keeping non-traditional companion animals, also known as exotic pets. These pets include parrots, reptiles, amphibians and rabbits, as well as small species of rodent such as degus and guinea pigs. Many of these exotic pet species are not domesticated, and...

  6. Haku Baldwin Center

    Haku Baldwin Center sits on 33.23 acres and our facility includes two full-sized outdoor arenas and one indoor arena.  Our schedule is complete with rated horse shows, special events (like our annual Fall Harvest Festival fundraiser) and a range of therapeutic programs.  Private...

  7. SoulPaws

    Contributor(s):: Shannon Kopp, Dr. Annie Petersen

    Reconnect to Recover: At its core, an eating disorder is a disease of disconnection—we disconnect from ourselves, from others, and from the present moment. Through animal-assisted therapy, as well as other therapies (yoga, journaling, art therapy), SoulPaws aims to...

  8. An Investigation into the Relationship between Owner Knowledge, Diet, and Dental Disease in Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus)

    Contributor(s):: Rosemary Norman, Alison P. Wills

  9. Long-term effects of straw blocks in pens with finishing pigs and the interaction with boar type

    Contributor(s):: Bulens, A., Beirendonck, S. van, Thielen, J. van, Buys, N., Driessen, B.

    This study verified the effect of straw blocks on the behavior and growth of finishing pigs and possible interactions with the genetic background (boar type). A total of 359 finishing pigs, which were offspring from different boar types, were housed in gender-mixed pens with slatted floors. Half...

  10. Furry Tales

    Furry Tales is a project designed to improve the well-being of older people in East London by providing contact with animals and a connection to the local farming community.We are based at Stepney City Farm and work with residential homes, day care centres, befriending services and individuals...

  11. Social support does not require attachment: any conspecific tranquilizes isolated guinea-pig pups

    Contributor(s):: Tokumaru, R. S., Ades, C., Monticelli, P. F.

    Guinea pig pups produce typical distress whistles when isolated. Whistles' frequency is decreased or abolished when they contact with the mother and, to a lesser degree, a sibling or even an unfamiliar female, is regained. Those non-aggressive companions were considered social support providers...

  12. Animals may act as social buffers: Skin conductance arousal in children with autism spectrum disorder in a social context

    Contributor(s):: O'Haire, Marguerite E., McKenzie, Samantha J., Beck, Alan M., Slaughter, Virginia

  13. Pleeease mommy, can I have one?

    Contributor(s):: Pfaff, Leslie Garisto

  14. Domestication animale en Amérique du sud: le point des connaissances

    Contributor(s):: Lavallée, Danièle

  15. Literacy lessons in one language arts sixth-grade classroom: The year of the guinea pigs

    Contributor(s):: Radcliffe, Barbara J.

  16. Domestication effects on behavioural traits and learning performance: comparing wild cavies to guinea pigs

    Contributor(s):: Brust, V., Guenther, A.

    The domestication process leads to a change in behavioural traits, usually towards individuals that are less attentive to changes in their environment and less aggressive. Empirical evidence for a difference in cognitive performance, however, is scarce. Recently, a functional linkage between an...

  17. TheraPet, Inc.

    TheraPet, Inc is a a local organization of volunteers, working together to promote the valuable bond between people and animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. are welcome). Our main purpose is for animals and their owners to visit nursing homes, veterans' homes, rehabilitation...

  18. Animal housing and welfare: effects of housing conditions on body weight and cortisol in a medium-sized rodent ( Cavia aperea)

    Contributor(s):: Schumann, K., Guenther, A., Jewgenow, K., Trillmich, F.

    Rodents are the most abundant experimental nonhuman animals and are commonly studied under standard laboratory housing conditions. As housing conditions affect animals' physiology and behavior, this study investigated the effects of indoor and outdoor housing conditions on body weight and...

  19. Welfare of non-traditional pets

    Contributor(s):: Schuppli, C. A., Fraser, D., Bacon, H. J.

    The keeping of non-traditional or 'exotic' pets has been growing in popularity worldwide. In addition to the typical welfare challenges of keeping more traditional pet species like dogs and cats, ensuring the welfare of non-traditional pets is complicated by factors such as lack of knowledge,...

  20. Furry Friends

    Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services is the South Bay's oldest all-volunteer organization devoted to bringing the healing power of animals to those less fortunate in our community. The Furry Friends mission is to consistently facilitate delivery of the love and affection of our volunteers...