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As many companion animal guardians already know, dogs and cats seem to have the extra special ability to perk us up when we’re feeling down, either with a soft touch of a paw or with a smoothing purr or happy bark.

The gentle nature of many dogs and cats make them perfect candidates for animal-assisted therapy programs. To become a part of these programs, prospective therapy animals must complete a certification course with their handlers and pass a test prior to interacting with hospital patients, victims of abuse or neglect, and military veterans coping with wartime stresses and conditions like PTSD.

Animal-assisted therapy is believed to improve moods and reduce stress of those coping with difficult conditions or situations. In order to provide additional scientific support for these benefits, a study is now happening nationwide, with major hospitals in Portland, Ore. taking part.

Portland Business Journal recently visited Randall Children’s Hospital, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center to see therapy animals, like 10-year-old tabby cat Huck Finn, Golden Retriever Parker, and Great Pyrenees Rogan, work their magic.

Check out the beautiful smiles these animals brought to the faces of a few sick kids in the photos below!

Amazing Companion Animals Help Heal Sick Kids (PHOTOS)

Cathy Cheney / Portland Business Journal

Amazing Companion Animals Help Heal Sick Kids (PHOTOS)

Cathy Cheney / Portland Business Journal

Amazing Companion Animals Help Heal Sick Kids (PHOTOS)

Cathy Cheney / Portland Business Journal

Amazing Companion Animals Help Heal Sick Kids (PHOTOS)

Cathy Cheney / Portland Business Journal

Amazing Companion Animals Help Heal Sick Kids (PHOTOS)

Cathy Cheney / Portland Business Journal

Amazing Companion Animals Help Heal Sick Kids (PHOTOS)

Cathy Cheney / Portland Business Journal

Amazing Companion Animals Help Heal Sick Kids (PHOTOS)

Cathy Cheney / Portland Business Journal

Amazing Companion Animals Help Heal Sick Kids (PHOTOS)

Cathy Cheney / Portland Business Journal

Amazing Companion Animals Help Heal Sick Kids (PHOTOS)

Cathy Cheney / Portland Business Journal

To view more photos, please visit Portland Business Journal’s online gallery.

Lead image source: Cathy Cheney / Portland Business Journal

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20 comments on “Amazing Dogs and Cats Help Heal Sick Kids (PHOTOS)”

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Debra Kay
1 Years Ago

Praying for the children, thankful for the healing gift in the animals


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Kristine Nicholson
1 Years Ago

Beautiful!


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Sylvie Morin
1 Years Ago

Que de l'amour ❤️


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Lene Margrethe Kragl Rizkioui
1 Years Ago

This is so lovely <3


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Christine J Berke-Waterbury
1 Years Ago

<3


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Stela Maricic
1 Years Ago

Animals are better than any medicine ! They heal not just your body but most important your soul!


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Shereen Shuster
1 Years Ago

Yes my Spice dog works with me and people who need his healing touch. They are amazing healers for sure! ❤


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Christina Childress
1 Years Ago

Animals are amazing healers!! You could be having the worst day ever & all they have to do is give you a lick or a nuzzle & all the craziness disappears!!! Love all my animals!!!


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Steve Claas
1 Years Ago

How awesome healing animals. Shereen


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Kay Starr
1 Years Ago

Dear Lord please Bless and Heal those Children...In Jesus name...


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GREBIL
10 Jul 2014

Bravo a l\'équipe, les animaux comprennent la maladie.
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