Animal therapy, designed to heal people through contact with animals, is spreading in Japan amid the COVID-19 crisis.
“The number of classes fell after I became a senior, and I could not meet friends in online lectures,” she said.
The university organized the animal therapy session after a number of students told a consultation center that they have been increasingly isolated.
The Animal Therapy Kokoro Support Association, a general incorporated association based in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture dispatched animals to the event.
The association train rescued dogs and other animals and dispatch them to organizations including companies, according to Kuniko Kusakabe, head of the association.
The Japanese Animal Hospital Association (JAHA), a public interest incorporated association in Tokyo, has been dispatching therapy dogs since 1986.
With the ministry looking to start conducting a survey work on the issue next fiscal year, rescued dogs and other animals are likely to have opportunities to play active roles. »