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585 Area Cat Handicap Training - Cats and kittens trained for handicapped persons. Companion kittens selected according to personality for a client's needs.
AATProfessionals Listserve - Practice Animal Assisted Therapy or for persons who intend to use AAT after completing their degree programs exams licensures.
Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care - Animal Assisted and Pet Therapy Web Site for long term care. Information on how to set up a pet therapy clubs with children Also government regulations nursing home information links and resources to get you started in pet therapy.
Animal-Assisted Therapy & Activities - A guide to resources about pet therapy courses and the links between animal abuse domestic violence and child abuse.
animaLINK - Michigan non-profit that works to improve lives through beneficial human-animal interactions. Program areas include therapeutic companion and working animal services.
Bark Avenue on Parade - Therapy Dogs - Provides certification and training to dog and handler teams as well as continuing education regarding animal assisted therapy. A non-profit charitable organization in St Paul - Minneapolis Minnesota.
Blind Students Love These Dog Days - Garnet a 75 pound shepherd helps students at Perkins School for the Blind. She adjusts her level of play to a child's ability. The dog has protected some students by sensing an oncoming siezure. [The Boston Globe]
Bunny Brngs Soft Touch to Therapy - Bogart a 2-year-old Dutch rabbit helps break down the barriers that some patients helps. Works with clinical social worker Terri Brown at Adult Child and Family Counseling in Wichita.[Wichita Eagle]
Caring Canines: Boston Pet Therapy Program - Typical visit to nursing home is four to six dogs in a community room. Other programs include a crises response team. Pictures of the animals and friends. Visiting Therapy Dogs Inc.
Caring Critters - People and their animals participate in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) activities. Over 200 volunteers visit over 20 facilities in the greater Houston area. A non-profit organization.
Central Ohio Good Shepherds - COGS: Qualified therapy dogs visit institutions facilities and other locations in the Columbus Metropolitan area. A TDI chapter. Photo gallery and a list of facilities.
Charleston Counseling Support Services - Focus is on training information and certification for pet therapy. Discusses other "expressive therapies." Offers regular continuing education workshops. Charleston South Carolina.
Chenny Troupe - Chicago-based program whose volunteers and their certified therapy dogs offer rehabilitative care to people with physical and emotional challenges. How to participate.
Comfort Caring Canines Therapy Dogs Inc. - Caring volunteers share the love of their canine campanions with others. Visits seniors children and hospitals in southeastern PA NJ DE and MD area. How to socialize a puppy for later therapy dog work.
Companion Animal Association of Arizona - Their social pet therapy program includes training and qualification for volunteers and their animals. Phoenix Arizona.
Delta Society Therapy Animals - A national registrar. Training and screening for people who want to visit hospitals nursing homes and other facilities with their animals.
Denver Pet Partners - Training and evaluations for people and their pets interested in animal-assisted activities and therapy. Affiliated of Delta Society.
Discovery Dogs - Program whose mission is to promote self-determination and greater independence by providing individualized assistance dog training programs for people with disabilities.
Dog B.O.N.E.S. - A network of Massachusetts therapy dog volunteers. How to get involved. Getting your dog certified. Links to sites in Massachusetts seeking therapy dog visits.
Dog Motivates Woman to New Business - Her dog helped her through the pain of spinal cord injury. Now Kate Nicoll uses Bear in her business of social work. [Record-Journal Meriden CT]
Dog Play - Taking pets especially dogs visiting people in health care facilities; therapy ranges from mental and physical stimulation; petting the dogs formal supervised therapy addressing a particular situation.
Dog Visitation Program Overview Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati - The Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati Dog Visitation program recruits screens and trains teams of volunteer dogs and their handlers to visit pediatric patients.
Dog-Play: Joining a Therapy Dog Group - Finding someone to certify your dog is often a frustrating experience. The evaluations offered by the national organizations aren't always as frequent and convenient as you might like.
DOGTORS Animal-Assisted Therapy - Training and certification of Animal-Assisted Therapy teams in the Miami Valley area of Ohio. Home of DOGTORS University and DOGTORS On-Call Emergency Services.
Dr. Paws - Michigan - How to get your dog certified for pet therapy. Testing and activities in several Michigan cities.
Dreamworkers Inc. - Helps dog and cat owners in the Atlanta area to volunteer their pets for animal assisted therapy and activity. Also helps find service dog volunteers.
ERIC: Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling and School Settings - The use of animals in clinical psychology including goals methods and results.
Exotic Animals Work Their Magic - A camel named Kazzy visit residents of a seniors rehabilitation center. Other exotic animals visit as well. [Los Altos Online Los Altos CA]
Faithful Friends Animal-Assisted Therapy Ministry - Volunteers who want to spread joy and happiness to those in difficult situations by visiting them with their pets. Clear Lake Texas.
Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services - Delivering the love and affection of volunteers and their pets to enhance lives and reopen closed emotional doors of people with special needs. Where they go. How to help. San Jose CA.
Giving Unconditional Love - Fidos for Freedom is a volunteer assistance dog training organization in Baltimore. Includes information about volunteering and service hearing and therapy dogs.
H.A.R.T. - Human-Animal Relational Therapies - Therapeutic program designed to educate handlers in psychological and relational concepts to enhance their ability as animal assisted therapy facilitators. Mahopac (Hudson Valley) New York.
HALTER - Miniature Horse Pet Therapy - Non-profit organization helps children and teens with learning and physical disabilities through miniature horse animal assisted therapy. HALTER is "Horses Assisting Learning Therapy Eyesight and Rehabilitation."
Hand-In-Paw - Provides registered Delta Society Pet Partner teams as therapeutic tools in medical social service and educational settings. An Alabama non-profit.
Happy Tails Pet Therapy - Paws that Heal. What they do and how to volunteer. Atlanta Georgia.
Healing Dogs - Describes the psychological healing and support provided by service dogs especially companion golden retrievers. Included are true stories and a psychology contest named "You vs Your Dog".
Healing Paws and Claws - Promotes human health using the human-animal relationship and then the human-natural world relationship. An affiliate of Delta Society in Blackstone Virginia.
Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs - Animal Assisted Therapy dog organization in Dallas metro area. Membership information and where they visit. Affiliated with Therapy Dogs Inc.
Helping Hounds Ltd. - These greyhound owners share their hounds with the community through health care facily visits research education and art. Animals can improve the quality of life at all levels of society. Memphis TN.
Helping Paws Animal Assisted Activities Program - Offers classes on Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities. Learn the skills to qualify for certification and to have successful human interactions while doing AAT and AAA work.
High Desert Obedience Club "Pet Pals" - Pictures of their therapy dogs in action. Training and testing available. In Antelope Valley and Lancaster California.
Hospice Dog Comforts the Ailing and the Grieving - The son of a hospice patient describes the benefits of having a resident therapy dog in the facility. [Lexington Herald-Leader KY]
Inmates Get Therapy from Pets - Pet Therapy program at Autry State Prison Georgia. Visits by dogs relieve depression and teach responsibility. Almost 400 of the 1500 inmates participate. [WALB-TV]
Intermountain Therapy Animals - Non-profit organization bringing animal resources to human needs. Specializing in animal-assisted therapy in the areas of physical occupational speech and psychotherapies.
Jackie's List - A directory of Animal Assisted Therapy programs and services. Site is in Fargo North Dakota but the list covers all of the United States.
K-9 Therapy by Vegas Westies - A group of westie owners in Las Vegas brings comfort to patients their families workers that care for them.
Lincoln Pet Partners - Pet therapy animals and handlers certified by Delta Society visit health care facilities in Lincoln Nebraska. How to participate.
Los Alamos Caring Canine Companions - LAC-3 is a dedicated group of dog owners with well-mannered even-tempered people-loving pet therapy canines. Guidelines for therapy dog visits.
Mastiffs Offer Therapeutic Companionship - The story of four giant mastiffs and their new-found roles as therapy dogs. [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal TX]
My Therapy Puppy - A Belgian Tervuren puppy named Shadow visits his senior citizen friends weekly. Site includes photographs stories links and animal assisted therapy resources.
National Capital Therapy Dogs Inc. - The Caring Canines: offers Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) services primarily to health care facilities in Baltimore Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. How to volunteer. How to have them visit a facility.
Nationwide Therapy Dog Listings and More - Articles about training visiting dogs and the benefits of pet therapy. Links to many groups un the U.S. and Canada and other resources.
North Star Foundation - A nonprofit that breeds trains and places golden retrievers with children who have developmental disabilities autism physical challenges or emotional problems.
Nose-to-Nose - Book about a therapy dog in the United States as well as general information about this form of training and service.
Oklahoma Dog Programs - Combines three sites. American Dog Obedience: school for therapy dogs and handlers. Reaching People Through Dogs: for educators health care professionals and volunteers around the US. Petworks in Progress: non-profit group of therapy dog volunteers in cen
Pacific Animal Therapy Society - Pet visitations improve the wellbeing of the sick elderly lonely and shut-ins. P.A.T.S pets come in all shapes and sizes. While most are dogs P.A.T.S. therapy pets include cats rabbits birds goats even a llama a miniature horse and a snake.
Pals on Paws - They meet and train as a group. Is my dog suitable? How to join. Minneapolis Chapter of Therapy Dogs International.
Paws & Hearts - Enrich the lives of seniors and children with one-on-one attention that only a four-legged healer can provide." In Palm Desert CA.
PAWS - Pets Are Wonderful Support - Brings smiles and encouragement to the disabled frail and bedridden and others in need of the stimulation that pets can provide. Dogs also help kids learn to read. Orange County CA.
Paws 4 Therapy - How to start a therapy dog program in an acute care hospital setting. Step by step manual including policies and procedures is available.
Paws for Love - A program by ElPaso Texas Humane Society which promotes healing by bringing pets and people together in nursing homes and healing facilities. All teams are Delta Society certified.
Paws With A Purpose - Non-profit pet therapy organization in Asheville North Carolina provides dogs to schools hospitals and retirement homes.
Paws'itive Teams - Therapy Dog Prep School - Fun but serious six-week course to prepare both owner and dog for involvement with animal-assisted therapy programs. San Diego CA.
Pawsitive Connection - Promotes animal assisted healthcare in Arkansas. Describes a variety of training and testing. Other activities include helping sick people care for their pets.
People and Animal Learning Services - PALS Inc. is a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with disabilities.
Personal Ponies Ltd. - This non-profit provides miniature shetland ponies to terminally ill or disabled children. Active in most U.S. states.
Pet Express - Pet Therapy Club - Kids pets and seniors. Pet Therapy Express is a complete instruction manual on how to set up an intergenerational and pet therapy program in a seniors facility. Purchase training guide and video.
Pet Therapy - Honoring Our Elders - An active Pet Therapy program that brings dogs and young people to visit residents of nursing homes in the Sarasota Venice and Brandenton area of Florida.
Pet Therapy Association of Northern Alberta - Training support and coordination of volunteers and companion animals for animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activity in healthcare settings.
Pet Therapy Pets and Stress Relief - Therapeutic use of pets for a wide variety of patients. Animals provide comfort and bring out our nurturing instinct. They make us feel safe and unconditionally accepted. We can just be ourselves.
Pet-Assisted Therapy - Description of the pet assisted therapy program in place at the San Diego Humane Society.
Pets Helping People - Non-profit organization prepares people to use their pets in visits to nursing homes schools and half-way houses. Certifies animals in Canine Good Citizen Feline Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International. Serves Southeastern Wisconsin. Based in New Berli
Pets on Wheels - A pet visitation therapy program serving some 16 health care centers in Scottsdale AZ. The benefits of visits. How to start a similar program. Some members teach pet care to second graders.
Pets on Wheels Charles County - Arranges for volunteers and their pets to visit residents of nursing homes and provide pet facility therapy. Emphasis on patients with impaired cognitive abilities. Charles County Maryland.
Pets On Wheels Delmarva - Volunteer teams of pet and handler visit nursing homes assisted living homes homes for the handicapped and other facilities. On some days a visit may be the only contact from the outside world for a resident.
Pets on Wheels Fairfax - Volunteers and their pets provide pet therapy to improve the quality of life of area nursing home residents. Fairfax Virginia.
Pets on Wheels of Prince George's County Maryland - A non-profit organization dedicated to providing friendly pet visitation for residents and senior citizens of nursing care facilities. Events volunteers and donations.
Potential Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy for Children with Special Needs - For children with special needs the ability to interact with a dog cat or other furry friend can have a very positive impact upon their quality of life.
Prescription Pet Program - RxPets dog assisted therapy started in 1984 by Children's Hospital and Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society. Almost half the inpatients at The Children's Hospital are offered a dog visit every day.
Prison Pet Partnership Program - Inmates at a correctional facility for women learn how to train groom and board dogs within the prison walls. A feeling of satisfaction directly contributes to the mental and physical wellness of all who are involved.
Project Pooch at MacLaren Correctional Facility - When incarcerated youth offenders train homeless dogs both get a new leash on life. In Woodburn Oregon.
Rottweilers Can Be Friends Therapy Dogs Too - An entertaining article about a rescued Rottweiler with a new and rewarding job. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
San Francisco's SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy - Brings the healing presence of animals to people in health care facilities citywide. Volunteers take SF SPCA Program animals or their own pets on the visits: dogs guinea pigs rabbits even cats.
Service and Therapy Dogs - An introduction to service and therapy dogs.
Service Dogs for Victims of Assault - Non-profit organization which uses dogs as therapeutic aids for victims of assault. Includes information about the dogs used and their training.
SHAREing the Love - Marin Humane Society's SHARE program in Novato California.
Sirius Healing of Seattle - An animal assisted therapy and animal assisted activity program in Seattle Washington. Therapy dog training to Delta Society Pet Partners standards.
St. John Ambulance Halton Hills Therapy Dogs - Dogs and their human partners visit nursing homes and other institutions to share the unconditional love of a pet with residents. The Halton Hills Division serves North Halton Ontario (Milton Georgetown Acton).
St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs - Hundreds of volunteers in all provinces of Canada. Any dog of sound temperament can become a therapy dog once they pass the St. John Therapy Dog test. Also "Therapy Dog Prayer"
Study Links Animal Abuse to Home Violence - Domestic abuse and animal abuse go together. Therapy dogs teach empathy to women and children in a shelter. [Columbus Online Community Nebraska]
Tails of Joy - Animal Assisted Therapy - Provides therapeutic benefit to challenged people through the use of animals. Support and training in pet therapy. Connecticut. Volunteers certified by Delta Society Pet Partners or Therapy Dogs International.
Teamwork Dog Training - A therapy dog class in Raleigh North Carolina. Description of the Pet Partners Skills Test.
Teton County PAL - People Animal Love is a pet partner program in Jackson Wyoming. Volunteers visit others to provide them with the benefits of contact with an animal.
The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs - Non-profit organization evaluates tests trains qualifies and supports therapy dogs for the purpose of giving loving and empathic support in a variety of facilities where emotional service dogs are indispensable. Qualified members receive benefits includin
The Healing Power of Animals - Troubled youngsters from Green Chimneys bring farm animals to disabled children at Ferncliff Residence. To school children and hospital patients even to families of Ground Zero victims animals prove their worth as therapists. An article from "Spiritu
Thera-Paws - El Paso Chapter of Therapy Dogs International. Volunteers with their TDI Certified dogs provide emotional support education and other aid to various groups.
Therapet Animal Assisted Therapy Foundation - Non-profit to faciliate use of animals in healing and rehabilitation of acute and chronically ill individuals. Education of volunteers animals and health care professionals.
Therapet Eldercare - A non-profit in El Paso Texas. Promotes the human-animal companion bond by helping low-income elderly to care for their companion animals.
Therapy Animals in Loving Service (TAILS) - Tucson Arizona organization bringing pets for visits in nursing homes hospitals and children's homes.
Therapy Dog Team Training Program - Lyn Richards talks about the requirements for a good therapy dog. From her DogLogic.com site.
Therapy Dogs - Links to therapy dogs animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted services from Dog-Play.
Therapy Dogs - Getting Started - Advice contacts and links. Selection and training of the animal for pet therapy work.
Therapy Dogs Inc. - Helping People Nationwide - A national registrar. Helps dog owners use their pets for therapy work. Qualifications of therapy dogs. How to have a safe visit.
Therapy Dogs International - A national registrar. Provides qualified handlers and their therapy dogs for visits. Training and testing programs.
Therapy Dogs of St. John's Newfoundland - Animal-assisted therapy is accepted as a therapeutic intervention which promotes positive and beneficial health effects. Description of their program and pictures of their animals.
Therapy Dogs Singapore - Caring owners share the unconditional love and affection of their dogs with the underpriviledged and provide pet-assisted therapy (PAT) to meet their physical and emotional needs.
Therapy Dogs.Net - A resource for handlers of therapy dogs. Articles links forum and a bookstore.
TherapyPets - California - Non-profit promotes animal assisted therapy. Benefits both the volunteer and those visited. Oakland California.
Toledo K9 MASH - Members visit hospitals and nursing homes giving comfort and companionship to children and adults. Use of therapy dogs contact calendar and pictures. Affiliate of Therapy Dogs International
Twin Cities Tail-Waggers Visiting Dog Group - Part of Twin Cities (Minnesota) Obedience Training Club. How to become involved in therapy animal work.
Utah Animal-Assisted Therapy Association - Non-profit organization based in Salt Lake City dedicated to bringing comfort love and hope to those in need through the miracle of the human-animal bond.
Visiting Dogs - An article by the owner of Jake on doing therapy dog visits.
Visiting Pet Program - A New Orleans non-profit. Hospital and nursing home visits by a variety of mix-breed and pedigreed dogs and cats guinea pigs and rabbits. All animals have been temperament tested during Pet and Handler Evaluation Days.
Visits to the Elderly from Active Therapy Visiting Dogs - The loneliness of the terminally ill and elderly is relieved by visits from approved dogs. The health benefits of pets. Over 4500 volunteers in the United Kingdom.
WAGS - Wonderful Animals Giving Support - Volunteers share their animals with others through pet visitation and therapy. Schedule of visits. Delta Pet Partner preparation and testing. Louisville Kentucky and southern Indiana.
Westmoreland County Obedience Training Club - Pet Therapy - The club schedules dogs to visit many nursing homes several hospitals and other organizations every month. Their therapy dogs have passed a Therapy Dogs International version of the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test. Southwestern Pennsylvania.
What is Animal Assisted Therapy? - Crossroads Group Home uses an Animal Assisted Therapy program stressing the benefits of animals and birds of many varieties to its residents.