GrantWatch recently learned something new and exciting about the world of cute and cuddly: puppy yoga (though goat yoga was pretty adorable too). Puppy yoga is the cutest way to relax and gain some much-needed self-awareness.
What is puppy yoga and why is it so good for both physical and mental health? Imagine a typical yoga class (also known as Vinyasa) where puppies roam the room and assist with poses. In some cases, shelter dogs and/or outside dogs are integrated into the class to encourage pet adoption, adding a little more cuteness to the session. Regarding dog adoption, there’s more good news to share.
We already know yoga is good for the brain, the body and even the soul. Here’s some even better news: you can also achieve tension by adopting one of those adorable little pups. Time Magazine published an article in which they cite a 2015 Harris Poll that highlights the physical health benefits of having a dog in your life:
“95% of owners think of their animal as a member of the family. About half buy them birthday presents. And it's a two-way street. People who have pets tend to have lower blood pressure, heart rate and heart-disease risk than those who don't. Those health boons may come from the extra exercise that playing and walking require, and the stress relief of having a steady best friend on hand.”
As for the mental health benefits, Time identifies pet therapy as a widespread addition to traditional medicine in hospitals, especially children's hospitals (most of which have some type of animal program). Time Magazine claims, “Animals of many types can help calm stress, fear and anxiety in young children, the elderly and everyone in between.”
GrantWatch cares about the health of our subscribers and their families. That’s why we proudly display grants to help with Mental Health and Animal Rescue in our database.
Grants of up to $20,000 to USA and Canada faculty members at institutions of higher education, individuals affiliated with human service organizations, and post-doctoral students for research that seeks solutions to a range of social issues.
Deadline: 11/01/17 5:00 PM EST Receipt
Grants to USA, Canada, and International researchers working in academic and medical research institutions and biotechnology companies to increase the number of innovative drugs tested on humans at the critical proof of concept stage for Alzheimer’s disease. LOIs must be submitted by November 17, 2017.
Deadline: 12/08/17 11:59 PM EST
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for programs to improve the mental wellness of local children and youth.
Grants of up to $30,000 to Massachusetts and New York nonprofit organizations and schools serving young people with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, substance abuse disorders, and mental illness.
Deadline: 09/08/17 11:59 PM Receipt
Grants to Colorado nonprofits and government entities for programs that improve conditions for companion animals through focused efforts in shelter, health, and mental welfare.
LOI Date: 09/01/17
Deadline: 09/29/17 Close of Business
Grants to USA nonprofits for programs that provide solutions to families to prevent separation of pets and their families.
Deadline: 10/31/17 Receipt
Grants of up to $125 and in-kind grants of pet store discounts to USA and Canada preK-9 public and private school teachers to purchase classroom pets, or to help cover the costs of current pet maintenance.
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies for veterinary care services, flea and tick medications, and animal welfare in areas that have experienced natural or other disasters.
Grants to USA nonprofits for a broad range of animal welfare programs, projects, and activities. Funding will be provided for the following two types of activities: (a) efforts that aim to promote the fair treatment of, as well as care for, domestic animals, and/or (b) the protection and conservation of endangered wildlife and wildlife in captivity in the United States.
About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for GrantWatch.