Types of Facilities
- Nursing homes
- Assisted-living homes
- Personal Care homes
- Senior Centers
- Hospitals, including Veterans Hospitals
- Schools - reading programs, special education programs
- Libraries - reading programs
- Association for Retarded Citizens programs
- Counseling programs working the a trained counselor
What is Animal-Assisted Therapy
Animal-assisted therapy is a guided program where especially evaluated and trained animals, usually dogs or cats, are used as facilitators as part of a therapy plan. These sessions may be part of a group or individual therapy session.
Animal-assisted activities are a meet and greet between individuals and an animal, again usually dogs or cats, either in a group setting or within a patient's room. These meet and greet sessions are conducted by volunteers and usually take place within a nursing home or hospital.