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  1. Angel Heart Farm

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    Established in 2001, Angel Heart Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that uses equine assisted therapy for children facing chronic or life threatening illness and their families in conjunction with their medical treatments.

  2. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: A Transformational Path to Emotional Wellness for U.S. Military Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Cathy Powalski

    Purpose. The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore and describe the impact of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) on the reintegration of wounded veterans into civilian life as perceived by wounded U.S. military veterans participating in...

  3. Depression among pet owners and non-pet owners: a comparative cross-sectional study in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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    | Contributor(s):: Chakma, S. K., Islam, T. T., Shahjalal, M., Mitra, D. K.

    Background: Depression is a major contributor to overall global disease burden, often beginning in the teenage years and continuing into later life. Previous studies have reported high global rates of depression during these formative years, including in Bangladesh. At the same time, the...

  4. When are the dogs coming back? Animal-assisted activities with men in residential substance abuse treatment

    | Contributor(s):: Scott, Taylor M. T., Kirnan, Jean

  5. The Impact of Animals with Struggling Readers

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Heyer

    The purpose of this thesis was to evaluate the impact that dogs have with students that struggle with reading. Several programs have been implemented where students spend time reading books to dogs. During these reading sessions, students tend to be more relaxed and confident with their...

  6. Companions, Inc.

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    Companions, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3), 100% volunteer organization that was founded in Fairbanks in 1986. For over 30 years, Companions, Inc. volunteers have brought therapy animals to those who need and benefit from the therapeutic value of our trained pets. Sites visited include...

  7. A multicenter study of animal-assisted activity and anxiety among older adults hospitalized in acute care settings

    | Contributor(s):: Kowalski, Mildred Ortu, Smith, Carnette, Cole, Donna A., Bersick, Eileen, Keleekai-Brapoh, Nowai, Panfile, Patricia, Abate, Sami V.

  8. Effects of human-animal interactions on affect and cognition

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    | Contributor(s):: Elise Thayer, Jeffrey Stevens

    Human-animal interaction has clear positive effects on people’s affect and stress. But less is known about how animal interactions influence cognition. We draw parallels between animal interactions and exposure to natural environments, a research area that shows clear improvements in...

  9. A Systematic Literature Review of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Oncology (Part II): Theoretical Mechanisms and Frameworks

    | Contributor(s):: Holder, T. R. N., Gruen, M. E., Roberts, D. L., Somers, T., Bozkurt, A.

  10. A Systematic Literature Review of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Oncology (Part I): Methods and Results

    | Contributor(s):: Holder, T. R. N., Gruen, M. E., Roberts, D. L., Somers, T., Bozkurt, A.

  11. Tamarack Farm Horsepowerment

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    HorsePowerment, LLC is an organization committed to enhancing communication and leadership skills to our business participants and individuals through tailored equine assisted learning programs.

  12. The Physical Therapeutic Benefits of Hippotherapy on Children with Physical Disabilities

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    | Contributor(s):: Heather Brand

    Hippotherapy is a great choice of treatment for children with physical disabilities. It can improve gross motor function, balance, spasticity, posture, and gait, as reviewed in this paper. It can also have benefits for many other areas in the child’s life, physically or mentally. This...

  13. Equine Assisted Couples Therapy: An Exploratory Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Taylor Marie Ham

    Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is an emerging experiential methodology that has recently gained recognition as a method for addressing a range of presenting problems for a wide variety of client populations. Couples therapy is one area that the practice of equine assisted psychotherapy...

  14. Introduction to Animal Therapy and its Related Tax Benefits

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    | Contributor(s):: Claudia L. Kelley, C. Kevin Eller

    How are animals being used to improve the emotional and physical health of individuals? What are the tax implications associated with service and therapy animals? We examine these questions by providing an introduction to the subject of Animal Assisted Therapy, including how therapists and...

  15. BAS Pack of Dogs

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    BAS Pack of Dogs are the Brighton Area Schools Social Emotional Learning Dogs. Social/Emotional Dogs can assist teachers working with students who feel angry, are being bullied, bully others, or have other behavior problems. They can help students who feel anxious, sad, or upset at school....

  16. Roxy Therapy Dogs

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    Roxy™ Therapy Dogs is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our programs provide an irreplaceable and dependable support system for children in the Central Bucks County, Pennsylvania community. Our trained and certified therapy dogs deliver self-esteem, relief from anxiety...

  17. Transforming Trauma: Resilience and Healing Through Our Connections With Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Philip Tedeschi, Molly Anne Jenkins

    Have you ever looked deep into the eyes of an animal and felt entirely known? Often, the connections we share with non-human animals represent our safest and most reliable relationships, offering unique and profound opportunities for healing in periods of hardship. This book focuses on research...

  18. Changes of Oxytocin and Serotonin Values in Dialysis Patients after Animal Assisted Activities (AAAs) with a Dog—A Preliminary Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Lucia Francesca Menna, Antonio Santaniello, Alessia Amato, Giuseppe Ceparano, Annamaria Di Maggio, Mario Sansone, Pietro Formisano, Ilaria Cimmino, Giuseppe Perruolo, Alessandro Fioretti

    Our study aimed to measure the levels of serotonin and oxytocin in patients affected by end-stage renal disease (ESRD), undergoing dialysis and participating in a program of animal-assisted activities (AAAs) with a dog. Ten patients with comparable levels of ESRD were enrolled. A blood sample...

  19. Effect of a Canine-Assisted Read Aloud Intervention on Reading Ability and Physiological Response: A Pilot Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Suk-Chun Fung

    The aim of this study was to determine whether there is an increase in the reading fluency and accuracy of three lower performing third-graders after participating in a canine-assisted read-aloud program, as well as an increase in the relaxation level during and after the program. This study...

  20. King's Stables

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    King’s Stables of King's Home is a fully operational farm with an equine therapy program offering hope and healing through bonding with horses. The goal of equine therapy is to help King’s Home residents and other participants develop needed skills and character traits, such as...