Four Legged Friends works with schools including primary, alternative provision, high school and 6th form colleges. The animals have proved to be a real success providing students with the opportunity to destress, as well as providing the opportunity to connect students with local carehomes.
The evidence is growing of the impact of animals on childrens wellbeing. Speaking at a conference about the need to improve young people's sense of wellbeing, University Vice-Chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon believes every school should have a dog or another pet to reduce stress in the classroom, saying it is "a powerfully cost-effective way of helping children feel more secure at schools".
Education Secretary Damian Hinds says “More schools seem to have wellbeing dogs; for the students, it can be really uplifting, particularly those that have different ways of expressing themselves and coming out of themselves - and the dog or the pets can really help."