The benefits of pet therapy

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Your contribution to Paws & Think provides life-changing programs to people and dogs in need! Our donors ensure we can evaluate & register even more therapy teams and help at-risk youth learn life skills while finding shelter dogs their forever homes.

We all know the importance of self-care and stress relief, but did you know the simple act of eye contact with a dog can release a hormone that relieves stress? Oxytocin, a hormone whose many positive functions include reducing stress and lowering blood pressure, increases in both the human and the dog when they interact. Our work is beneficial not only to the people we serve, but also to our therapy dogs that love this work. Whether you’re interacting with our Paws & Think therapy dogs or the family pet, take a minute for yourself to relieve some stress!