For many individuals, owning a pet can provide a sense of comfort and companionship. However, there are some people out there who are not able to care for a pet because of a mental or physical illness.
One organization is looking to give those who desire a furry friend but cannot keep one on their own the chance to play with animals through a pet therapy program, according to AikenStandard.com.
The Aiken SPCA Pet Therapy program pairs shelter animals with individuals who are either too old to take care of a pet or have mental or physical impairments that do not allow them to care for other living things.
The participants get to visit with the animals and bestow affection and pet care. In return, the pets offer a sense of comfort for someone who may otherwise be lonely.
Pet therapy programs have become more common throughout the country. Several senior citizen homes and rehabilitation facilities offer a similar program to give companionship to patients who may not have many visitors.