From an alpaca to a monkey, TIME highlights the animals that help provide healing and companionship to people with special needs around the world
Aug. 15, 2013
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10-year-old Carissa Boulden kisses her pet horse Princess as it stands on her bed at her family home in Sydney, on Aug. 18, 2004. Princess, a Shetland pony, is given free run of the suburban Sydney house, eats with her owners at mealtimes and drinks beer every Sunday, while also providing therapy for Carissa who suffers cerebral palsy.