01/03/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Therapeutic Pets for Kids with Autism

I'll be the first to admit that I know lots about kids, and probably more about pets, but very little about autism. But I have witnessed kids with autism around pets, and oh, what a difference. Therapy pets make such wonderful companions -- cats, dogs, rabbits, horses and other types of pets as well. Dogs seem to be the most effective for lots of reasons, but I think it's their licks that make the kids the happiest. We need to do more to find these kids companions that can make a difference in their lives. Now there are lots of websites and authorities on autism, but I'm sure each and every one of us can help make miracles happen simply by using all of our relationships and networking to put kids and therapy pets together. Can anyone recommend a good source for therapy pets? And is there a list of parents looking for these therapy pets? We at want to do our part to help. So we've sent our reporters into the field to meet some therapy pets and kids to find some answers. Here are the links to a couple of stories we've done:

Let's start a conversation...what are the pros, what are the cons? I would love to hear your comments, and we'll do our part to spread the world. Let's all take a minute and help in this holiday season.