comfort animal

[ kuhm-fert an-uh-muhl ]
/ ˈkʌm fərt ˌæn ə məl /

noun

a therapy animal, usually a dog, that is specially trained to provide comforting companionship and an emotional release for victims of a crisis or disaster.

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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
Also called cri·sis re·sponse an·i·mal [krahy-sis ri-spons-an-uh-muhl] /ˈkraɪ sɪs rɪˈspɒns ˌæn ə məl/ .

Origin of comfort animal

First recorded in 2010–15
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