Those who have pets can vouch for it: animals have healing powers. Apart from giving unconditional love, animals keep you company and help battle loneliness.
They also know how to sense your mood, contribute to positive mental health, and give you a reason to wake up in the morning.
NGO Animal Guardians Malta is more than aware, and has been giving animal-assisted therapy to elderly and people with special needs for over five years. “We have witnessed first-hand how animals can actually help people from various situations,” it said.
On 9th October, the NGO is hosting a conference from 10.30am to 1.30pm to raise awareness about the importance of animal-assisted therapy.
The conference will see the Minister for the Elderly Michael Farrugia speaking, as well as senior research officer Thea Debono and manager of cat-therapy Animal Guardians Malta and cat cafe Carmen Coleiro.
“We believe that this practise should be implemented in everyday life where people shall benefit greatly by it,” Animal Guardians said.
Will you be attending the animal-assisted therapy conference?