Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond.

Interacting with a friendly pet can reduce blood pressure, and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. For young adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

And especially those with autism spectrum disorders or traumatic brain injury, pet therapy can open the door to unique learning opportunities. Other benefits of pet therapy decrease depression, isolation and anxiety. Interacting with animals increases a sense of community, comfort and socialization.