The pet nurturing program is a healing program not only for the animals but for Crossnore School & Children’s Home’s children as well. Each of the 19 campus cottages have a cottage dog, rescued from the local humane society. Often times when children come into care they are nervous, angry, sad and afraid. The cottage dogs provide support and comfort from day one.
Dogs pass no judgment, do not discriminate and are always up for a belly rub.
They become a source of love and certainly teach the children the responsibly of taking care of others. Additionally, the dogs allow the children a chance to love unconditionally.
Horses and farm animals are another vital part of the Pet Nurturing program. Situated on the back end of the Crossnore campus is a lovely equestrian center. The barn is home to 4 horses – 2 full size and 2 miniatures. All four horses have been rescued from unfortunate situations. The Winston-Salem campus is home to a 100-acre urban farm with cows, horses, pigs, chickens and roosters, donkeys, and a llama.
Crossnore School & Children’s Home employs therapists who are equipped with the appropriate credentials to administer equine therapy. Research shows that equine therapy is beneficial for sexually abused children (who make up approximately 50% of the School’s population).
Photos of Cottage Dogs and Therapy Horses
For more information about the Pet Nurturing program, please contact: