What is Animal Assisted Therapy?

Animals have the ability to form strong connections with humans and vice versa, sometimes referred to as the Human-Animal bond. A growing awareness of how helpful this bond can be in a therapeutic context has led to the establishment of many AAT programmes.

We offer the opportunity to work outdoors with a range of animals including: Kune Kune pigs, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, our little welsh pony, a tortoise and our beautiful African pygmy hedgehog, whilst also adhering to current guidelines and code of practice to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all clients and animals.

The activities involved depend on client preferences and needs as well as the goal plan but can include watching, touching, grooming, washing, feeding or generally caring for the animal.

Clients can also enjoy grazing the pony in hand, collecting eggs, lead walking the ferrets or helping to train the Kune Kune pigs as well as a range of other safe activities.

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Boy feeding pig

I wanted to feed back to you that he doesn’t often talk about his anxiety and how he is feeling so that in itself is very encouraging to here. He had a brilliant time and has been talking about it lots.

— Animal Connections client

West Sussex County Council approved Qualified Service Provider