WUFT’s Dana Hill interviews Debbie Garcia, the Education Director from Gentle Carousel Therapy Horses, a local organization with national reach, that takes its therapy animals, miniature horses, to hospitals and hospices, disaster areas and locations of traumatic events, to help ease suffering. The non-profit organization is run by volunteers. In this interview, Garcia and Hill discuss the organization’s mission, the logistics of traveling with animals, and how interacting with animals can help adults and children experiencing life-limiting illness, or dealing with the aftermath of violence.
In an effort to help with social distancing, the hospital initially stopped owners from bringing their pets into the hospital, instead having veterinary assistants go to a line of cars to retrieve the pets from them. Since April 1, however, the hospital has been sending only a handful of employees, dressed in personal protective equipment, to retrieve the pets. Additionally, face masks and identification badges are required for employees to enter the building.