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An annotated list of organizations and other resources for assistance animals (including therapy and service dogs and therapy horses) for children with disabilities.

Service Dog Resources | Therapy Horse Resources | Animal Therapy Resources

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Assistance Dogs International is considered the 'standard' (as in 'high'!) for service dogs. Members are very reliable organizations.

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Delta Society is a reliable source for therapy dogs. This organization provides a huge number of resources for the human-animal bond from dog therapy to pet loss bereavement. Two key programs are Delta's Animal-Assisted Therapy Services/Pet Partners to help people heal through the comfort and motivation from a specially trained pet and Delta's National Service Dog Center for referrals and resources for people with disabilities who have service dogs.

What is the difference between service animals, therapy animals, companion animals and "social/therapy" animals

What are the health benefits to children of animals?

Therapy Dogs International is another reputable source for therapy dogs. TDI tests and registers therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for visits to nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed. They also provides a reading encouragement program with dog visits to schools.

Intermountain Therapy Dogs has information on "read to dogs" programs.

Assisted-Animal Therapy & Reading Education Assistance Dogs Groups
Long list of therapy dog organizations.

Therapy Horse Assistance Resources

American Hippotherapy Association Inc. (AHA, Inc.) promotes the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions for people living with disabilities. AHA Inc. consists of medical professionals (physical, occupational and speech-language therapists) and others who are interested in the use of equine movement as a treatment strategy. Their website provides training information, therapist list, research summaries and more.

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) promotes and funds scientific research of equine assisted activities and therapies and provide education on research findings.

Federation of Riding for the Disabled International forms worldwide links between countries and centers offering therapeutic riding and driving, and assists in the development of programs in new areas of the world.

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Anthrozoology.org is a large online database of over 1500 human-animal interaction citations, research programs, courses, events and institutions.

 

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