DAR resumes miniature therapy horse visits to seniors


Members of the Piestewa Peak Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently resumed therapy visits with miniature horses from Tender Little Hearts Mini Tales and Equine Mini Therapy.

Starting with the Fountain View Village Senior Living facility in Fountain Hills, according to a press release, the horses cheered up residents during the pandemic as activities resumed on May 12.

Tender Little Hearts is a non-profit organization that brings emotional therapy visits to those who might benefit from the interaction with a therapy animal, the release said.

Extra barriers of precaution and social distancing measures were taken at the senior facility, the release detailed, adding that interaction with the miniature horses included a limited contact visit within an outdoor courtyard area, with one resident per mini horse at a time.

Masks and gloves were worn by each resident, the release noted.
The visit is another way that the Piestewa Peak Chapter continues help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of May15, the chapter has sewn and donated 1,800 masks and 1,000 other items of personal protective equipment throughout Arizona, including donating masks to staff and residents at the Fountain View Village Senior Living facility.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War, according to the release.

With nearly 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is noted as one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations with members committed to volunteer service and have served more than 5 million hours in communities worldwide during the past year.

Visit: DAR.org.