There are countless dogs that help so many people all around the world, including the fabulous Therapy Dogs in our Animal Assisted Therapy Program. On Assistance Dog Day, we just quickly wanted to spotlight a few ways that our canine friends help make our community a better place.
From our Wags and Tales reading program to hospital visits to our Canines for Community Resilience Program, our Humane Society of Broward County Animal Assisted Therapy teams help people of all ages deal with grief, manage stress, or just lend an nonjudgmental ear (and a tail-wag or two).
The AAT program uses volunteers and their companion animals to provide social therapy to comfort children and adults with special needs or those experiencing life’s stresses. They serve as catalysts for social interaction and as bridges to interpersonal communication and attachment. It’s no wonder people love their pets so much!
What does the program do?
When the program was first established, it served the elderly residents of nursing homes in Broward County. Today, our program is well known in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties and we have expanded to help the abused, neglected, physically and mentally ill people of all ages and genders. Our program includes teams that visit over 100 facilities such as senior retirement homes, hospitals, hospice, mental health facilities, children’s facilities, foster homes and group homes along with Broward County Public Schools, Broward County Public Libraries, Broward County Private Schools and Private Libraries.
All of these wonderful initiatives are conducted by volunteers and are offered at no cost.
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