On With Life is proud to offer pet therapy as a service to our persons served in all of our programs in Ankeny and Glenwood. The impact of therapy animals is profound, from offering companionship to real medical benefits. Pets and their owners work together to provide comfort, companionship and enjoyment to our persons served and their families.
There are many health benefits to pet therapy, including significantly reduced pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Persons served also report feeling happier and less stressed after only a half hour of contact with a therapy animal, high blood pressure drops to healthier levels, and individuals in very low levels of consciousness have even shown near-normal brain activity when an animal is present.
If you are interested in becoming a pet therapy volunteer at On With Life, please fill out our volunteer inquiry form and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you.