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  1. 'Like pet therapy': Foster cats delight customers at NS bookstore

    A book store owner in Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia fosters cats. The cats are free to roam the book store, giving them a chance at socialization to increase their chances at adoption as well as giving customers a chance at therapeutic interactions with the felines.

  2. Therapy Dogs Arrive At UK Airports To Help Nervous Flyers

    Southampton International Airport has begun stationing therapy dogs at the airport to help passengers dealing with stress and anxiety during travel. The dogs come from the Therapy Dogs Nationwide organization.

  3. Horses at ranch strengthen inmates who are facing release

    Inmates from the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction have been benefiting from HorseWorks' Own It and Up Inmate Program, which allows them to work with Spirit, a horse rescued from a wild horse round-up in Montana and abuse at a cattle ranch.

  4. Robot therapy dogs and more new tech unveiled at CES

    The Tombot was unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. The robotic dog is designed for therapy for dementia patients and, due to cost compared to actual dogs, is more easily scaled up.

  5. The magic of therapy llamas

    Among the animals that biologists refer to as charismatic megafauna – tigers, giant pandas and the like – llamas, which are not endangered, are among the few that people can safely hug, writes Jennifer A Kingson

  6. Wagging tails warm ageing hearts

    Pet owners know that patting and cuddling your pet is one of the best feelings in the world. And there's scientific proof behind those feelings. Research from UCLA last year showed that animal assisted therapy for older people releases an automatic relaxation response, reduces the feeling...

  7. Survey finds pets can sense their owners moods

    According to a recent study, pets can actually help cheer up their owners. According to the survey from DART, 84 per cent of pet owners said their pet sensed their mood, especially when they were feeling low, and would actively act as a source of comfort during that time.

  8. Zoo animal research skewed towards 'popular' species

    Research on zoo animals focuses more on "familiar" species like gorillas and chimpanzees than less well known ones like the waxy monkey frog, scientists say. Globally, fish and birds outnumber mammals, reptiles and amphibians in zoos -- but the study says mammals are consistently the...

  9. Airport's furry ambassadors make travel a little less stressful

    If you’ve traveled by air recently, you know that crowded terminals, security checks and flight delays can combine to create a less-than-ideal experience.  But the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport has a new addition to try to make traveling a little less stressful for...

  10. Genes Keep You On A Long Leash With Your Dog

    Researchers believe that our genetic make-up has a significant influence on whether we bring a dog into our house or not. This love has lasted for at least 15,000 years. That’s how long people have lived with dogs. They were the first animals we domesticated. But not everyone wants a...

  11. Our interaction with seagulls may be why they take our chips in the first place

    Seagulls hit the news last week when a study conducted by the University of Exeter found that staring at the birds made them less likely to steal your chips. The story was on the front page of The Times, #Seagulls was trending on Twitter and Channel 4 covered it in a prime time news-segment....