BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The pandemic has left us all with a scarcity of handshakes, hugs, and affection, however Greenlands Farm and Helpers of Our Farm are working to fill the hole.
Helpers of Our Farm, or HOOF, is a non-profit instructional farm animal sanctuary working on Greenlands Farm in Bolivia. Like all the pieces else, HOOF President and Farm Proprietor Maud Kelley says the pandemic has introduced challenges for the group.
“Earlier than we had been doing fairly a couple of excursions, instructing. All the things we do at HOOF is education-based, usually,” Kelley stated. “We do events and issues as properly, but when I’m there and I’m dealing with an animal, I’ll most certainly train you about it whether or not I’m at a birthday celebration otherwise you’re right here to be taught.”
Keen to show, get folks safely again on the farm, and meet that primary want we’ve all been lacking recently, Kelley began on the lookout for new concepts.
“We’re undoubtedly at a deficit for feeling the power to the touch, hug, and embrace folks and it’s fantastic to have the ability to do this with an animal,” Kelley stated.”We’re providing cow cuddling. Now we have different animals to cuddle as properly. We’re additionally doing household portraits with our llama, Coleman.”
Originating within the Netherlands, the place it’s known as “koe knuffelen” or “cow hugging,” it’s used as a type of remedy or wellness exercise.
“Everyone knows the hormone of oxytocin. It creates a beautiful sense of peace and therapeutic and love,” Kelley stated. “So that you get that have while you hug any person, or a cow, or a goat. Truly, in flip, it makes the goat or the cow really feel very peaceable as properly.”
For data on how one can increase your oxytocin and cuddle some livestock, go to HOOF’s web site.