Residents at Rosevale Care Home in York, England, always "benefit greatly" from pet therapy, which allows them to interact with animals. Sarah Fearn, activities coordinator at the home, says many residents who spend most of the day in their rooms eagerly interact with others when given a chance to stroke a pony.
"Different pets come every month into the care home," she said, "It brings back memories and allows the residents, 90% of whom suffer with dementia, to express themselves in ways they probably wouldn't otherwise. We had a lady who was really upset ten minutes before. She was crying. We took a pony to her and within minutes she was so happy. Even the residents who are quiet and don't mingle talk to other people. It's really lovely."