Woodlands Care Home had the pleasure of hosting a delightful visit from Joyful Ponies & Pygmy's - Animal Assisted Therapy, a local company that brought smiles and furry friends to brighten the residents' day.
The star attractions of the day were the two charming pygmy goats, affectionately named Eric and Ernie, who are 4-year-old brothers. Alongside them were two lovely Shetland ponies, Millie and Ruby, a heartwarming mother and daughter duo.
Animal contact holds a special place in the hearts of many residents at Woodlands. Several have had household pets like cats and dogs, and others come from farming communities, fostering a deep and enduring love for animals.
The joy these animals brought was palpable as residents had the opportunity to interact with them, offering pets and cuddles. As one resident expressed, "I never expected to have goats and ponies come to visit me in my bedroom. I am an exceptionally happy man!"
What made this visit even more special was that all residents, including those who were unable to leave their rooms, had the chance to enjoy this heartwarming and therapeutic activity. The animals brought happiness, comfort, and a sense of connection to everyone at Woodlands.
We look forward to having Joyful Ponies & Pygmy's - Animal Assisted Therapy back to Woodlands very soon as the animals were a huge hit with residents and they bring so many benefits to residents including emotional support, stress reduction, mood enhancement, social interaction and cognitive stimulation.