Meet the Animals of Asheville Academy

Meet the Animals of Asheville Academy

Animals play a crucial role in therapeutic settings due to their innate ability to provide comfort, companionship, and emotional support. Interacting with animals has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness, while also promoting relaxation and overall well-being.

Our students don’t only get to play with all of these animals, they care for them too. Our cabin groups alternate doing animal feed on the weekends. Caring for animals fosters a sense of responsibility and purpose, promoting self-esteem and confidence. Whether it’s through petting, grooming, or simply being in their presence, the bond formed between humans and animals in therapeutic settings can have profound positive effects on mental, emotional, and physical health.

At Asheville Academy we have:

Two Pigs
Three Miniature Horses
Guinea Pigs
A Snake

We welcome all of our staff to bring their furry creatures to campus (with the proper vaccines and temperament of course)! With sweet pets tagging along with therapists, teachers, and direct care staff — there’s always a furry friend around!


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