Benefits of Canines for Christ Pet Therapy

Often I am asked "What are the benefits of C4C pet therapy?" Here are some of the clinical, scientific and spiritual benefits:

  • Lifts spirits and lessens depression
  • Lowers anxiety
  • Reduces loneliness
  • Encourages communication
  • Reduces boredom
  • Provides comfort
  • Decreases feelings of isolation and alienation
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Releases endorphins (oxytocin) that has a calming effect
  • Reduces overall physical pain
  • Petting produces an automatic response, aiding in therapy
  • Helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders

When you combine these benefits with the "presence of Christ Jesus" offered with kindness, compassion, love and hope from our C4C volunteers, the results are powerful.