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Animal Therapy Day at Thackray Medical Museum

28 November 10am – 4pm

On Saturday 28th November, Thackray Medical Museum will be welcoming miniature horses, PAT (Pets As Therapy) Dogs and a whole host of mini beasts, including Geoff the friendly boa constrictor, a tarantula, scorpion, a gecko and cockroaches, all part of Animal Therapy Day.

Charlotte Chester, Learning Officer explains “Animals can be therapeutic in many different ways. Dogs, cats and even ponies and donkeys make regular visits to the elderly in care homes. As a nation of animal lovers, their presence brings smiles and relaxation to many who are no longer able to keep a pet of their own. Animal Therapy Day is a way for our visitors to meet these wonderful animals and perhaps even consider signing up to be a PAT volunteer.”

“On the day we will also meet a range of mini beasts. Admittedly, not quite as cuddly, these are a great way of helping people overcome their fears” says Charlotte. “How many of us run at the sight of a spider lurking in the corner? Meeting a tarantula or scorpion up close really helps people overcome their fears. I’m looking forward to meeting Geoff the boa. I think once I’ve held him, that spider in the bath won’t be a problem!”

Animal Therapy Day runs 10am – 4pm on 28th November. Normal museum entrance charges apply, but there is no extra charge to see the animals. All admission tickets last for 12 months and allow unlimited return within that time. Admission is free for any visitors who already have an annual pass. For more information visit