As quoted in When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy —
“If I learned anything from my time among the elephants” writes the scientist Douglas Chadwick, “It is the extent to which we are kin. The warmth of their families makes me feel warm. Their capacity for delight gives me joy. Their ability to learn and understand things is a continuing revelation for me. If a person can’t see these qualities when looking at elephants, it can only be because he or she doesn’t want to.”
Animals play important roles in our lives, our health and our world.
I can’t think of anything that is more therapeutic than our animal alies. We watch them, live with them, rescue them (ASPCA), (HSUS), (Sheldrick Wildlife Trust), listen to their voices, and are entertained and amused endlessly by their antics.
They offer companionship, support, and comfort.
Due to animals that fulfill service roles, such as Service Dogs, many people have a much higher quality of life. Service dogs and horses are being included more and more into modern medical treatments as complimentary therapies. Caleb’s Story
The beautiful documentary, Our Planet, also makes us more aware of our part in the care of our world and all who live in it.