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  1. Touching Smiles Equine Therapy

    Touching Smiles Equine Therapy, Inc. is a 501(c)3 recognized nonprofit organization that brings miniature horses to children and adults. Through direct contact with these wonderfully perceptive creatures, we see increased self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-control. It has been shown that...

  2. Animal Assisted Psychotherapy: An Exploration of the Adult Client's Experience of Individual Psychotherapy with the Assistance of a Dog

    Contributor(s):: Hannah Allen-Miller

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  3. Encountering the Other: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Horse/Human Interaction

    | Contributor(s):: Hana Gartner

    This thesis asks how and why a serendipitous and spontaneous personal encounter with a being from another species created an ongoing bond. Through the lens of three intersecting disciplines: environmental studies, animal behaviour and health science, I explore how the horse, over time, has gone...

  4. Effects of a Form of Equine-Facilitated Learning on Heart Rate Variability, Immune Function, and Self-Esteem in Older Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Ann L. Baldwin, Barbara K. Rector, Ann C. Alden

    Equine-facilitated learning (EFL) helps people access their immediate sensations and feelings because horses, as prey animals, are continually aware of their environment and provide instant feedback to human behaviors and emotions. We hypothesize that during EFL, older people become more aware...

  5. How Wolves Turned into Dogs and How Dogs Are Valuable in Meeting Human Social Needs

    | Contributor(s):: Kurt Kotrschal

    A wealth of recent behavioral, neurobiological, and genetic results allows us to draw a new, comprehensive picture of the human-wolf-dog relationship. Dogs originated from wolves 35,000 years ago, mainly via selection for tameness. Wolves were probably spiritual partners and hunting buddies of...

  6. Paws 4 Liberty

    | Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn

    Located just outside of Wellington, Florida, Paws 4 Liberty, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to helping restore the lives of wounded veterans as they struggle to adjust to life after war. The mission of Paws 4 Liberty is to help returning soldiers regain their independence and...

  7. Therapy Dogs of Boulder County

    The TDBC is a group of like-minded people (and their dogs) gathered together to enhance and perform the wonderful services of therapy dog work for Boulder County, Colorado and surrounding areas.The TDBC is a website attempting to bring all therapy dog teams operating in Boulder County,...

  8. Arizona Goat Yoga

    It’s simple…April has Goats and Sarah teaches Yoga… so the combination of Goats and Yoga just made sense! We like to have fun! Our motto is: “Make People Happy (one goat at a time)…”

  9. Medicine Horse Program

    Medicine Horse Program enhances the mental health and life skills of youth, adults, families, and groups through therapeutic interaction with horses.Medicine Horse Program is a 501c3 non-profit organization, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of adolescents, adults and families...

  10. The zoonotic potential of Clostridium difficile from small companion animals and their owners

    | Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Rabold D, Espelage W, Abu Sin M, Eckmanns T, Schneeberg A, Neubauer H, et al.

    Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in humans range from asymptomatic carriage to life-threatening intestinal disease. Findings on C. difficile in various animal species and an overlap in ribotypes (RTs) suggest potential zoonotic transmission. However, the impact of...

  11. The power of support from companion animals for people living with mental health problems: a systematic review and narrative synthesis of the evidence

    | Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Helen Louise Brooks, Kelly Rushton, Karina Lovell, Penny Bee, Lauren Walker, Laura Grant, Anne Rogers

    There is increasing recognition of the therapeutic function pets can play in relation to mental health. However, there has been no systematic review of the evidence related to the comprehensive role of companion animals and how pets might contribute to the work associated with managing a...

  12. Inland Empire Therapy Dogs

    Inland Empire Therapy Dogs, Inc. is devoted to bringing the benefits of interacting with well-trained, friendly dogs to people in healthcare, education and community settings in the Inland Empire. Our services are covered by liability insurance and are always provided free of charge.

  13. Special Equestrians of Georgia

    Recognizing a need in her community, Stacey Edwards founded Special Equestrians of Georgia in 2006.  A registered PATH International Instructor, Stacey and her team bring therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, emotional, behavioral and developmental...

  14. Furry Angels of Freehold

    The "FURRY ANGELS" is a local chapter of BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL THERAPY DOGS that visit facilities in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex and Burlington County.  We provide "Read to a Dog" programs at schools and libraries, and we provide comfort to patients in hospitals,...

  15. Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association

    We serve people from: Community Entry Services (a local organization that provides a full array of services for individuals with developmental disabilities), C-V Ranch (a residential school and treatment facility for multi-handicapped and emotionally disturbed youth whose education needs are not...

  16. Prancing Horse Center

    Prancing Horse Inc. is a PATH ( www.pathintl.org ) Premier Accredited therapeutic riding center that provides a needed service to persons in the Sandhill’s NC area. We have been headquartered in Southern Pines, NC for the past 30 years, providing service to our local...

  17. K9 4 Heroes

    "Providing a brighter future for Veterans in need, with man's best friend"

  18. Ride On

    Ride On teaches adaptive horseback riding to children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and we provide physical, occupational and speech therapy specializing in using the movement of  the horse to improve specific medical conditions. Founded in 1994,...

  19. Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center Inc

    The Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center (CTRC) is a PATH Intl Premier Accredited Center in southeast Longmont, Colorado devoted, since 1980, to serving children and adults with disabilities. As the oldest and largest therapeutic riding center in Colorado, and one of the largest in the...

  20. Transitions Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy

    Transitions EEAT is a Christian ministry dedicated to the physical, mental, and social development of people with special needs and their families through therapeutic contact with a horse in a safe environment.