And kindness is something all beings respond to, welcome and need. And kindness is the corner stone of the work of Edgar’s Mission, a not for profit haven for rescued farmed animals. In recognition of this Edgar’s Mission regularly makes visits to nursing homes and aged care facilities along with hosting visits from disadvantaged groups. This week the kindness crusaders parked their van in the courtyard of the Dianella Aged Care Facility in Kilmore and unleashed a bevy of farm animals for the residents to meet. “Fostering kindness for all beings can never be understated,” said sanctuary Founder and Director, Pam Ahern. “Every day I see how the sanctuary residents grow more confident when treated with kindness and I see here today how the elderly respond so positively to the animals. Timmy Sheep causes many to smile and relive stories of the past. Gentle hands outstretch to offer Miss Chief the cheeky goat a leaf to eat and dear little Ginger Chicken just delights one and all as she loves to talk.”
Lively discussions between residents ensued as the different animals were petted and feed. With numerous studies showing the health benefits of interactions with animals ranging from reduced heart rates and anxiety to increased social engagement it seems both the humans and animals deemed the outing a success. And there can be no doubt that the touch of an animal can melt the soul, clear the mind and make the world a kinder place for all.