Compassion Connection - Animal-Assisted Therapy Program

When you're in the hospital, sometimes there's nothing more therapeutic than a great big dose of canine affection.

The value of animals in promoting healing and growth is becoming increasingly recognized among professional care providers, clinical practitioners and educators.

Trained and registered animal/handler teams are used in medical, psychiatric, rehabilitation and special education facilities throughout the world to provide a medium for assisting individuals where traditional methods fall short.

Animal-assisted therapy is goal-oriented, documented and supervised by health-care professionals. What makes animal-assisted therapy unique is that animals, not humans, do the real work. Four-footed "therapists" have elicited nearly miraculous responses from deeply troubled or abused children, physically traumatized hospital patients and even those who are terminally ill.

The SPCA of Texas' Compassion Connection program brings Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy to hospitals, nursing homes, retirement centers, rehabilitation centers and social service organizations in the Dallas and Collin County areas. This special program is designed to enhance the mental, physical and emotional well-being of the individuals that these organizations serve by affording them the opportunity to spend quality time with trained SPCA of Texas volunteers and their pets.

The SPCA of Texas provides various training levels and volunteer opportunities for our animal/handler teams. Pets such as birds and rabbits, as well as cats and dogs, are used in this program. The SPCA of Texas is a Pet Partners® (formerly Delta Society) Affiliate. The Pet Partners®, formally Delta Society, is a non-profit organization that brings individuals together who share a common passion - a love of animals and people. To learn more about therapy animals, you may visit the Pet Partners® website.

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Jose

SPCA of Texas Voices

"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

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