SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – The Springdale Country Manor courtyard was literally a zoo one afternoon in August, when lambs, goats, rabbits, a potbellied pig, a pony and a variety of chickens and birds filled the Peterborough County long-term care home’s enclosed garden.
The animals were at Springdale courtesy of Woolley Wonderland Farm in Lakehurst. About 30 residents and their family members, including many children, came out that day to interact with the animals.
The smiles on residents’ faces were a testament to the value the program delivered. Many residents especially enjoyed holding the rabbits and the potbellied pig.
“We are in a rural setting, so we have a lot of farmers who are residents in our home, and they just love being out here,” Springdale life enrichment co-ordinator Sonia Murney said.
“The interaction with animals is amazing – this is like a pet therapy program for them.”
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