Many of us are familiar with the idea of therapy animals, particularly friendly dogs and cats who visit sick children or victims of abuse and neglect. However, dogs and cats are not the only domestic animals that can provide us humans with great comfort and happiness.

In fact, if only we’d allow them more of a chance, we’d see that farm animals can also bring joy into our lives.

Take for instance the group of “kindness crusaders” out of Edgar’s Mission farm animal sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, made up of Timmy the sheep, Miss Chief the goat, and little Ginger Chicken.

As part of an ongoing visitation program, where Edgar’s Mission rescue animals travel to nursing homes, this happy bunch recently visited the Dinella Aged Care Facility in Kilmore to offer up some extra TLC to residents.

Everyone was in good spirits when the two groups came together. Edgar’s Mission reports that “lively discussions” ensued among Dinella’s residents and all three animals received tons of love, petting, and treats.

As Edgar’s Mission writes in a blog post about the encounter, “There can be no doubt that the touch of an animal can melt the soul, clear the mind and make the world a kinder place for all.”

Check out some heartwarming photos from this lovely nursing home visit below!

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

Rescued Farm Animals Bring Joy to Nursing Home Residents (PHOTOS)

To view more photos from this visit, please check out Edgar’s Mission’s online blog. You can also keep up with the sanctuary on Facebook!

Lead image source: Edgar’s Mission