GREAT LAKES, Fig – When the quarantine and social distancing restrictions went into effect there was a huge surge in people seeking companionship from animals, be it for promotion or rescue.
That’s because dogs are known to be one of those great pets, but what if you can’t have a pet?
The answer is to find organizations like Canine Therapy Corps.
“When most people think of therapy dogs, they think of dogs that are there for comfort,” said the Canine Therapy Corps. Operations Manager Ann Davidson said. “While we’re doing some of this, the Canine Therapy Corps is also using dogs to not only make people feel better, but to help them actually get better over the long term.”
The first application of animal therapy dates back to the 1960s, when animals like dogs were used to re-establish connections and provide comfort to those in need.
Therapy dogs instill a sense of connection that so many people are currently lacking due to COVID, Davidson said.
The same idea came to Illinois Rep. Stephanie Kifowit while visiting her son, who was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base.
“As a representative, I have always cared about the sanity, wellbeing, and wellbeing of veterans [but] When I visited my son, one person at the base had their dog and the kids just loved it, “said Rep. Kifowit.” So I started thinking about how we can help them and their sanity while they are here. ”
The Canine Therapy Corps has partnered with Safe Humane Chicago to give sailors a pawed day where dogs and humans can spend much-needed time together.
It helps them relieve stress and is scientifically proven to release calming hormones. It also just allows them to sit, relax, and be with an animal who is showing unconditional love in that moment, said Cynthia Bathurst, co-founder of Safe Human Chicago.