Divine Canines provides pet therapy across Central Texas


by Sheila Buenrostro, Jeffrey Kahn and Katey Psencik

Divine Canines is a dog therapy organization that provides therapy services to more than 20 locations throughout Central Texas. The types of facilities services include hospitals, nursing homes, special care facilities, elementary schools and more. Divine Canines operates on the motto “Ordinary dogs, extraordinary service,” which, according to executive director Max Woodfin, means that any dog can be a therapy dog.


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Pet therapy has been scientifically proven to be mentally, physically and emotionally beneficial. According to Paws for People, a nonprofit organization that provides pet therapy services, animal therapy provides the following benefits:

  • Lowers blood pressureeaselly_visual
  • Increases cardiovascular health
  • Releases endorphins
  • Diminishes pain
  • Lifts spirits
  • Provides comfort
  • Increases socialization
  • Reduces loneliness
  • Improves focus
  • Improves literacy skills
  • Provides motivation
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Makes people happy

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