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"Animal-Assisted Services (AAS) are the mutually beneficial relationships that nurture One Health for People and other animals. Health in this context includes the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of people of all ages and the welfare of pets in service and other animals in service."

Source The Canadian Foundation for Animal-Assisted Support Services (CFAS 2021)

The AAS programs are designed to promote improvement in people with physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial conditions in which a specially trained animal- handler team is an integral part. There are different types of animal-assisted services and it’s important to note the distinctions.
AAS include the whole area of using companion animals for therapeutic or learning purposes, such as Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), Animal-Assisted Learning (AAL) and Assistance Animals, helping vulnerable people. Clinical research demonstrated that AAS have significant effects on physical, cognitive (Bernabei et al., 2013), social, and emotional development on several target groups with special and diverse needs. AAS is a growing sector, and their programs are demonstrating significant results at healing people: eg. in children- reduction of anxiety, stress, and pain (Folch et al., 2016); in elderly: decreased depression, blood pression, and increased quality of life (Takashima e Day, 2014).

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