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Micro Pigs for Therapy In London

Meet London’s First Therapy Micro Pigs!

Are you looking for Micro Pigs for a Care Home, Nursing Home, Special School or a Hospital?

Our Miniature Pigs have visited specialist schools and nurseries, respite centres and care homes for the elderly as well as charitable organisations for children with short lives. Equally, we can provide private one to one sessions to vulnerable individuals.

In addition, we can appear at universities/colleges to help students relax and de-stress in-between their exams. We have visited two London University sites where students had hands on experience with our Miniature Pigs.

From 1 hour visits to a whole day we can set up either indoors or outdoors. In addition, we offer a “Borrow My Piggy” Experience where two of our Miniature Pigs can come and stay at your facility for 24 – 30 hours. “Borrow My Piggy” is an amazing opportunity to experience Pig Therapy for a longer time and without the presence of a handler. 

We are the first company in the UK to have our mini pigs enrolled onto a Mini Pig Therapy Pet Certification Programme accredited by the AMPA!

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a care home visit in Esher London with miniature pigs Holly and Polly
care home visit in London with micro pigs holly and polly
a specialist school visit with miniature pigs holly and polly in kingston upon thames

Health Benefits of Therapy Animals

Research has shown that positive interactions with animals can promote a number of health and emotional benefits in people including increased confidence and concentration in children, especially those with special needs such as autism, improved social and emotional skills, can encourage empathy as well as lower blood pressure and reduce the risks of associated diseases.

Positive animal encounters have been found to also reduce stress and this can be used as a stress reduction tool in a workplace or an educational establishment. Relationships with animals have even been found to beneficially affect children’s microbiomes for life, which in itself has an enormous influence on children’s future health and wellbeing.

In our personal experience children with anxieties, mood difficulties and those going through family difficulties are incredibly responsive to an interaction with pets and form amazing bonds with a gentle and non-judgemental pet animal. For children with profound learning difficulties and severe epilepsy, one of few joys in life is often spending time cuddling and watching their animal friends. The parents and carers also benefit from the love and happiness that animals bring and often say that the pet is their therapy too!

A new study is being conducted in 2019 to evaluate effects of therapy animals on children with cancer. More information can be found here.

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Our Therapy Visits

 

We are happy to provide either a one to one therapy session with our mini pigs or a group session for children/adults with special needs. Our piggies are friendly and are used to a lot of attention, and will arrive clean and healthy. Read a lovely story about our One to One Therapy Session for a girl with severe anxiety on our Borrow My Piggy Unique Miniature Pig Therapy Experience page.

Our visits are very flexible. We can provide a short educational talk appropriate to the situation and needs of the client. This is usually followed by petting, brushing, stroking and feeding the pigs. More able children/adults can also walk the piggies on a lead and harness in a safe enclosed area. This always brings a lot of joy and excitement! Belly rubs usually follow shortly after feeding!

We comply with all regulations concerning the keeping, moving and welfare of pigs in addition to holding DBS (CRB) certificates. We have Public Liability Insurance; Risk Assessments are emailed on confirmation of the booking.

If your loved one could benefit from this amazing Pig Therapy Experience, please, fill in the form below and we will get back to you shortly.

A brilliant visit experience with Holly & Polly at Depot Point Student Accommodation. Natasha was friendly, informative and extremely knowledgeable in all things pig :). Our students loved meeting Holly & Polly the micro pigs and the only disappointment was when they had to leave. A seamless professional friendly service from start to finish. We will 100% be using The PigFather again for future events as they were a huge hit with everyone and would highly recommend to others.

Vanessa Moore

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I could not recommend the pigfather highly enough! Our students absolutely loved Holly and Polly and Natasha was amazing throughout! We look forward to having them visit again in the future 🙂

Liz Lambros

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The Pig Father came to visit us at Sunrise Senior Living of Esher on Monday 17th February. Natasha was absolutely fantastic, very approachable and knowledgeable of the pigs. Our residents, local visiting nursery, staff and family & friends had a wonderful afternoon petting and fussing the pigs and talked about it for days after the event. The pigs were adorable and certainly enjoyed the attention too! We had such good feedback from everyone and residents asked when the pigs can return again. Thank you Natasha & The Pig Father we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Sophie Hagger

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If you are thinking of booking multiple visits, please, enquire and we can make you an offer you cannot refuse!

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