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Malaysia: Animal assisted therapy stands up for physical and emotional support of patients

By on August 11, 2017

Most developed countries are already committed to animal assisted health programs, as dogs can be highly therapeutic creatures

In a world of most of the NGOs choose for euthanasia of paralyzed animals, an organization in Malaysia group figured out a way to help both dogs and people.

Here, a new type of animal therapy emerges: the one with disabled dogs. According to Prof Datuk Dr. S. Vellayan from the Universiti Teknologi Mara’s Puncak Alam, special dogs are able to attend the needs of special people.

“It has been found that disabled dogs which have been rehabilitated and cared for are more disciplined and obedient. This is also a factor which allows the dogs to be trained to bring comfort to people,” stated Dr. Vellayan, during the inauguration event of new animal-assisted therapy organisation Happy Animal Assisted Therapy Society.

The profound bond these dogs can have with people is mainly due to their rehabilitation process, when the injured animals are dependent of human support in order to regain their strength. As a consequence, they become more attached and can be easily controlled.

Introducing disabled and mixed-breed dogs as therapy dogs is a step forward in the sector of animal assisted treatments, suitable for a wide range of human illnesses.

In the opinion of Dr. Andrew Mohanraj, adviser and consultant psychiatrist at Happy Therapy, the new project should be seen as the next step in the field.

“It will further contribute towards improving the motivation of patients and indeed inspire those who require therapy via the bond that will be formed between the dog and the client, be it a special child or an adult,” commented Dr. Andrew.

The president of the organisation in Malaysia, Mr. Peter Tan, who is also in need of a wheel chair, added: “We believe these brave dogs that had survived against all odds will do much good and will render great service.”

Happy Therapy’s rescued strays and employed personnel will benefit the training of Dr. Dog Malaysia, the revolutionary animal-assisted programme created by Jill Robinson, from Animal Asia rescue group.



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