Animal Encounters: Nurturing Connections at Morrow Manor

Igniting Joy with 4-H and Local Animal Sanctuaries

At Morrow Manor, we believe in enhancing the experience of our residents with diverse, innovative activities. One such initiative is our partnership with local 4-H clubs and animal sanctuaries who bring different animals right here to our facility, once a month.

What is 4-H?

4-H is a global network of youth organizations that aim to “learn by doing.” The four H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health, representing the organization’s goal to foster skills encompassing decision-making, empathy, practicality and well-being in youth. These clubs involve numerous programs, one of them being caring for and understanding animals.

Our collaborations with these 4-H clubs and animal sanctuaries consist of regular visits with a range of animals, from the playful goats to the ever-curious rabbits. These interactions allow our residents to enjoy their time differently, stirring feelings of delight and warmth.

At Morrow Manor, it is our constant endeavor to create a vibrant, fulfilling environment for our residents. And through initiatives like the animal visits from local 4-H clubs and animal sanctuaries, we continually strive to bring smiles to our residents’ faces while promoting their overall health and wellbeing.

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The benefits of these visits are multifaceted. Along with happiness and excitement, interactions with animals have been shown to have therapeutic effects, reducing stress and promoting overall wellbeing.

Here’s what you can expect from our program:

  • Engagement and Joy: The presence of these gentle creatures brings a sense of joy and wonder, providing our residents with delightful moments of companionship and laughter.
  • Stimulation and Learning: The visitations are not just about viewing the animals; they are interactive experiences. The handlers share fascinating tidbits about the animals’ behaviors, diets, and habitats, creating an environment of continuous learning.
  • Nurturing Connections: The interactions help establish a bond between the residents and the animals, fostering feelings of nurturing and connection. It also brings back fond memories for those who had pets in the past.
  • Promoting Wellbeing: Animal interactions have been shown to contribute to lower blood pressure, improved mood, and overall enhanced happiness.
Are you a representative of an animal sanctuary and are interested in joining us in helping bring a smile to our residents? Connect with us today!