Idaho student walks alpaca around town as therapy animal
Posted 2:53 p.m. Monday
TWIN FALLS, Idaho — There's a new kid on the block in the world of therapy animals.
It's not a dog. It's not a cat. It's a 5-year-old alpaca named Sprite.
Twin Falls High School senior Drew Moffitt, 18, has been taking Sprite around town as part of his senior project, The Times-News reported (http://bit.ly/2oGcyQE) Monday.
The teen completed an eight-hour course and put Sprite through a health screening to register her as a therapy animal. Sprite learned valuable skills like how to meet friendly strangers, walk through a crowd and navigate sliding glass doors.
Moffitt was only required to put 40 hours toward the project, but he's having a hard time keeping Sprite out of the limelight.
The two have been making visits to schools and a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities.
Moffitt began brainstorming potential senior projects his junior year. His mother came up with the alpaca idea.
Sprite is one of three alpacas that live with Moffitt on his family's 4-acre (1.6 hectares) property. The family also has three llamas.
Moffitt was recently recognized through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
The nationwide program honors middle and high schoolers for their community service efforts.
Twin Falls High nominated Moffitt, who volunteers at a soup kitchen, for the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Center and as a student ambassador for the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
And now, he provides alpaca therapy, too.