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The Healing Power of Interacting with Rescued Farm Animals

Imagine a place where the hustle and bustle of daily life gently fades away, replaced by the soothing sounds of farm animals and the peaceful rustling of leaves. Welcome to Blue Iris Farm, a sanctuary nestled in the heart of the charming town of Lebanon, Connecticut. More than just a haven for rescued animals, it's a place where humans find solace, healing, and a unique form of connection.

Girl and man hugging and loving on goat.

We invite you to join us on a heartwarming journey through our sanctuary, exploring the benefits of interacting with our beloved rescued farm animals.

The Heartfelt Power of Interaction

Interacting with animals has a profound and heartening effect on people's emotional well-being. Animals, with their non-judgmental nature and unconditional love, provide a sense of calm and comfort to those fortunate enough to interact with them. The simple act of petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease the production of the stress hormone cortisol. These hormonal changes can help a person feel more relaxed, at ease, and truly welcomed.


The Rescued Animals at Blue Iris Farm

At Blue Iris Farm, each animal has a unique story of resilience and survival. These inspiring stories of overcoming adversity resonate deeply with many visitors, who often find parallels in their own life experiences. Interacting with these animals provides a sense of hope and inspiration, gently reminding visitors of their own strength and resilience.


The farm is home to a variety of animals, each offering a different form of interaction and connection. From the gentle nuzzling of a rescued horse to the playful antics of a pig, visitors can engage with these animals in a way that suits their comfort level and preferences.


The Positive Effects on Visitors' Well-being

Visitors to Blue Iris Farm often leave with a sense of peace and tranquility that they don't experience in their daily lives. The farm's serene environment, combined with the comforting presence of the animals, creates a space where visitors can let go of their worries and stress.


Even the act of caring for the animals – feeding them, grooming them, or simply spending time with them – gives visitors a sense of purpose and fulfillment. It allows them to step outside of their own problems and focus on the needs of another being. This shift in focus can have a positive and heartening effect on a person's mental and emotional well-being.

Blue Iris Farm stands as a beacon of hope and healing, not just for the animals it rescues, but also for the humans who visit. It's a place where the act of saving animals transforms into a journey of personal growth and emotional well-being for everyone involved. It's more than a farm; it's a warm, welcoming community where both animals and humans find healing, love, and a sense of belonging.



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Katya Wauchope
Katya Wauchope
Aug 17, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

I can attest to all of the above! Jamie is simply amazing. We loved our time at Blue Iris Farm, there’s no place like it!

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