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Animal-Assisted Therapy and Service Animals

The happiness that petting a friendly dog or cat can bring to an impaired person is often remarkable !

 PALS FOR LIFE  is a local organization that provides pet visitation and humane education.

Rather than an animal-assisted therapy program, Caring People Alliance  has Caring Paws Humane Education with the Caring Paws Zoo.  In the summer, Caring Paws also has a “Reading to the Animals” program. Contact  Max Amitiash, the program coordinator, at 215 – 763 – 0900  or

CAREGIVER CANINES  –  Caregiver Volunteers of Central NJ has an innovative and much-needed approach to pet therapy … bring the therapy dogs to the homes of frail elders !  Read about the successes of this program :

Paws to Heart Rescue has a Rescued Pet Outreach Team that go to nursing homes, senior centers and rehabs.  Email  to learn more.

May not still be in operation:  ARIEL’S ANGELS Pet Food Pantry and Rescue has a therapy dog by the name of Romeo, who makes appearances for seniors, the disabled and others.  Romeo,  and soon his new partner Belle, love making people smile and giving them love.  Find out more about having a visit from Romeo by contacting Lisa at  or   267-625-9745.

Take One Dog and Call Me in the Morning:  Preparing for the Graying of America.     Interactions magazine, 2007           (scroll to page 5)

Additional Animal-Assisted Therapy Links:

Service Animals

There are 2 places in the Philadelphia area where a service dog can be trained by its owner.  It’s a long and challenging process but it can be an attractive alternative when you consider how long the wait for a trained service dog can be , and how expensive they are.   The support these dogs provide for their handler is truly priceless.

Independence Guide Dogs in Washington state tries to help with the shortage of guide dogs.

Alzheimers Guide Dogs

This is a new approach  to helping victims of dementias.  It originated in Israel and is starting to get a following in the US.

Helpful explanations of service dogs:


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