Have you ever witnessed a troubled child stroking a rabbit inside a pet therapy center at a WIZO Youth Village? If you have, you will have noticed an aura of tranquility as the child is soothed by merely stroking the animal. And not just rabbits, but all sorts of pets from spiders to cockatoos.
WIZO uses animal-assisted therapy to complement the treatment of children and teenagers who suffer from emotional, cognitive, and social functioning depression, anxiety, ADHD, and behavioral problems.
Research shows that children and teens who regularly interact with and care for animals feel more comfortable with their surroundings and become more engaged in the entire treatment process of behavioral problems.