Few things are cuter than miniature versions of animals.
They make us happier, relieve our stress, and help us cope with trials in our lives. That's why the donation of three miniature horses to the Indian Child Welfare System and the Jack Brown Adolescent Treatment Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was so fitting.
The Muskogee Phoenix reports that the horses were brought to the reservation by Barbara Watters and handled and unloaded by the executive director of Indian Health Services and child welfare specialists.
Now, young ones in the Cherokee tribe will receive equine therapy, thanks to Watters, a resident of Missouri.
"I had tried for many months to try to sell them," Watters said to the Muskogee Phoenix. "Many people called, but I didn't feel comfortable. I had to know they were going to have a secure home. I had to know they had the values to value a little horse. And I thought of the Cherokee Nation, and thought surely they have children's programs, and these horses love children very much."
But if the leaders of the Cherokee Nation are excited about the donation, the kids benefiting from it are even more enthusiastic about the horses — named Iris, Ambrosia, and Kiss-Me Katie.
"The boys and girls here can really begin to bond, get life skills, social skills going out every morning to take care of these animals," Jack Brown Adolescent Treatment Center Director Darren Dry said to the Muskogee Phoenix. "Building a bond of empathy and sympathy to hopefully produce those attributes we are looking for in their recovery process — so they can get out there and live healthy, productive lives as Native youth and Native participants in society."
Check out photos of the sweet creatures below.
Congratulations to the Cherokee Nation. The miniature horses will surely be loved and cared for throughout their days.
If you'd like to find out more about the cause, you can click here.
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