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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Jack Cutler smiles as he pets Tootsie, a miniature horse, at the Total Life adult day care center at Bond Park in Cary, N.C., on Oct. 24, 2012. With their calm personalities and small size, Tootsie and her companion Carmen (not pictured) work well as therapy animals. Owner Sandy Spooner co-founded Horse Hugs as way to showcase their unique ability to help patients in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted care facilities deal with pain, loneliness and depression.