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Animal Assisted Therapy Not Just for Dogs and Horses! Kitten Therapy Changing Lives in DC - featured July 29, 2010

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[Source NBC Washington]

Traditionally, we think of dogs as being the ultimate therapy animals. A growing program in the District that uses shelter cats for rehabilitation just might change your mind.

It all began last winter when the Washington Humane Society started a partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Shelter kittens were sent to live at the UCP facilities, where cerebral palsy individuals go for treatment.

"The thing about cats is that they're really good with their sense of touch,” said Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of Washington Humane Society. “They will crawl up in your lap and you can pet them -- it's just a great sensory experience and so cats are especially therapeutic.”

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