You've probably heard of people bringing dogs to visit senior citizens and hospital patients, but what about horses? If you're wondering how they get these animals into the rooms to begin with, I have two words for you: Miniature horses.
Mini's Making Miracles, which is the subject of a story in The York Dispatch, is a nonprofit based in York Haven, PA, that brings young miniature horses to local nursing homes and hospitals to help patients. For the founders, Kevin and Vickie Tyler, the organization represents a dream of theirs to turn their love of volunteerism and mini horses into a nonprofit that can improve the morale of patients.
According to the Dispatch, the Tylers spend between $3,000 and $5,000 every month on feed, transportation, vet bills, and insurance costs. It's a hefty salary for a small organization, but Kevin Tyler says he is actively searching for sponsors and volunteers to help offset costs. More information can be found about Mini's Making Miracles on their website.