The Humane Society of Broward County’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program, in place now for over 30 years, strives to build a humane community while providing unconditional love, embracing the human-animal bond and establishing loving connections.

AAT dog Chloe resides in Miami Gardens with her mom Jennifer Eklund. Here they are visiting Broward Health ER.

AAT dog Chloe resides in Miami Gardens with her mom Jennifer Eklund. Here they are visiting Broward Health ER.

Adding to the list of the organization’s well-established community programs is a new program named “Canines for Community Resilience” (CCR), which utilizes certified dogs that are specifically trained to participate in traumatic situations and are proficient in being able to tolerate, adapt to and cope with the physical and emotional stress of critical incidents. They are specially trained to work in unpredictable, fast-paced and frequently-changing environments with various types of people and other dogs. The dog’s handler has received advanced training in dog behavior, and has knowledge of human and animal first aid as well as Psychological First Aid and stress management.

“Since the tragic shooting that claimed seventeen lives that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the need for community outreach became even more prevalent. We deployed our certified therapy dog teams to MSD High School, the Parkland elementary and middle schools, hospital emergency rooms, Broward County First Responders as well as throughout the community where the aid of therapy dogs was most needed” said Marni Bellavia, Manager of the Animal Assisted Therapy Program.

We are excited to announce exclusive partnerships with Broward County First Response Agencies, hospitals, schools, pastoral services and many more. For information on how to get involved in our Canines for Community Resilience Program, visit, call 954-266-6877 or email

The Humane Society of Broward County is a private, non-profit organization supported by donations from people and companies who want to help the homeless animals and support the programs and services of the shelter. The HSBC is not part of any national or local organization with a similar name.

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