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Move Over Dogs: Cats Offer Therapeutic Benefit Too

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A unique partnership that is bringing shelter kittens into treatment centers for those with cerebral palsy is yielding benefits for both animals and people alike.

Rather than spend their days cooped up in cages, kittens from a Washington, D.C. area animal shelter are being sent to live at United Cerebral Palsy facilities throughout the region.

Since the program started earlier this year, more than 200 individuals with disabilities have interacted with the felines who enjoy being touched or finding a warm lap to curl up in, activities that are helping to boost motor and sensory skills in those with cerebral palsy, UCP officials say.

Meanwhile, the program is also helping the kittens learn to socialize, making them more attractive to families looking to adopt, reports NBC Washington. To read more click here.

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