Keeping animals happy, healthy and safe
Just as there are risks to humans from contact with animals, the same applies to risks to animals from humans. The benefits to patients and other members of the ward community are so huge (remember the bunny in the women’s secure unit which reduced self-harming by 50%!!) that as long as arrangements are carefully managed, risks all round can be reduced to the very reasonable and manageable.
The welfare of animals is very important! The success of highly ambitious programmes like State Hospital Scotland and (the also Scottish!) Paws for Progress young prisoners’ rescue dog training programme is thanks to the focus as much on animals’ welfare as on humans’. Here’s one happy Paws for Progress pooch.