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Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal which can help patients to cope and improve their mental health.

Miniature Horse at Giving Day

Nothing beats the unconditional love of a pet!

Patients often feel isolated and even the most withdrawn seem to open up and let barriers down when therapy dogs or therapy miniature horses are around.  The companionship of an undemanding animal that gives unconditional love is often one of the most missed aspects of a patient’s life. 

Research continues to validate the very real value of this type of therapy in a palliative care setting, such as a hospice. 

Pet Therapy owners and their animals kindly volunteer their time with the aim of bringing comfort in addition to medical skills and nursing care.


Therapy dogs and even miniature horses!

The purpose of pet therapy is to help animals and people bring joy to each other. We believe that the human-animal bond improves quality of life. We believe in the social, emotional and physiological benefits of positive interaction between people and therapy animals.

These unique volunteer services are offered by both the Delta Therapy Dogs Program and also Nolton Park: Horses Healing Hearts. The smiles these beautifully-trained and hygienic animals bring to patients, carers, families and staff is something you’ll never forget!

To find out how these services can help you and your family, please contact your local palliative care service or call our friendly team on (08) 8240 0320. 

Patient and miniature horse Moet