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  1. "Koira tuo jotenkin niinkun läsnäolollaan rohkeutta siihen puhumiseen ja olemiseen" : Alakouluikäisten kokemuksia koira-avusteisuudesta koulukuraattorin kanssa työskentelyssä

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    | Contributor(s):: Tanja Pitkänen

    Tämän opinnäytetyön tarkoituksena oli tutkia eläinavusteisuutta alakouluikäisten oppilaiden näkökulmasta koulukuraattorin kanssa työskentelyssä. Tutkimus toteutettiin haastattelemalla kuutta alakouluikäistä oppilasta, joiden kanssa...

  2. 4Paws

    4Paws volunteer teams visit residential care facilities, hospitals, classrooms, libraries and Boys and Girls Clubs in the Greater North Bay area of San Francisco. There they share their canine companions with anyone needing comfort or a loving nudge of the nose.4Paws offers classes to the...

  3. Alliance of Therapy Dogs

    Alliance of Therapy Dogs is a national therapy dog registry with 14,000+ members in the US, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territories and Canada. It is a goal of ATD to provide registration, support, and insurance for members who are involved in volunteer animal assisted activities. These activities...

  4. Animal Visitation Program (AVP) Reduces Cortisol Levels of University Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Pendry, Jaymie L. Vandagriff

    University students report high levels of stress. Although causal work is limited, one popular approach to promote stress relief is animal visitation programs (AVPs). We conducted a randomized trial (N = 249) examining effects of a 10-minute AVP on students’ salivary cortisol levels....

  5. Animal visitation programs in colleges and universities: An efficient model for reducing student stress

    | Contributor(s):: Crossman, Molly K., Kazdin, Alan E., Fine, Aubrey H.

  6. Animal-assisted therapy: a volunteer's perspective

    | Contributor(s):: Jesse Rose Moorhead

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a non-traditional therapy method that has gained recognition in recent years. The literature on the subject is largely provided by professional counselors and licensed social workers. This study investigated the perspectives of the volunteer animal handlers who...

  7. Animals 2U

    At Animals 2U our mission is to provide a unique, fun, educational and engaging animal experience in a supervised, supportive, and caring environment. All of our animals are friendly and have been hand raised at our farm. Our mobile animal farm is suitable for all occasions and all ages, offering...

  8. Beach Animals Reading with Kids (BARK)

    Founded in 2007, BARK is an all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Students find it intimidating to read in front of classmates, but love to read to the non-judgmental, calming dogs. BARK now...

  9. Canine Concern

    Canine Concern helps the sick, lonely and elderly by providing visiting dogs to homes and hospitals.Canine Concern volunteers visit care home residents and hospital patients for about an hour each week or fortnight, on a regular basis, so that a good rapport is beginning to be established after...

  10. Canine Concern Scotland Trust

    Canine Concern Scotland Trust was formed in 1988 to help dogs and their owners, and to improve their position in present-day society. Its aims are to:Provide an educational service to promote responsible dog ownership in Scotland by visiting schools to reach dog owners of the future, or to give...

  11. Canine Friends Pet Therapy

    Canine Friends Pet Therapy is a New Zealand-wide network of people who share their friendly well behaved dogs with other people patients in hospitals and residents in rest homes and hospices.Pet therapy usually helps people in care who may be feeling isolated with a furry head laid on a knee, the...

  12. Canines and Childhood Cancer: Pilot Study Report

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    Since December 2011, the Pfizer Foundationand Zoetis have sponsored AmericanHumane Association (AHA) in developingand executing an innovative research study –the Canines and Childhood Cancer (CCC)Study – to investigate the impact of animalassistedtherapy (AAT) on pediatric oncologypatients, their...

  13. Canines and Childhood Cancer: Pilot Study Report Executive Summary

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    Since December 2011, Zoetis and the PfizerFoundation have sponsored American HumaneAssociation in developing and executing the Caninesand Childhood Cancer (CCC) Study to investigate theeffects of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) on pediatric oncologypatients, their families, and the therapy dogs who...

  14. Canines and Childhood Cancer: The Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Patients, Families and Therapy Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Molly Jenkins, Amy McCullough, Ashleigh Ruehrdanz, Kevin Morris

    For many people, animals take center stage in their daily lives, offering companionship, comfort, joy and for some, even kinship. Increasingly, greater attention has been given to the roles that animals can play in supporting the health and emotional well-being of people in need, specifically...

  15. Caring Canines Visiting Therapy Dogs, Inc.

    Caring Canines is an all-volunteer group of owners and their registered therapy dogs. All visits are offered free of charge as a community service. The main visitation program consists of scheduled group visits with an average of 4 to 6 dogs at assisted living facilities, nursing homes,...

  16. Characteristics of Student– Dog Interaction during a Meet-and-Greet Activity in a University-Based Animal Visitation Program

    | Contributor(s):: Pendry, Patricia, Kuzara, Stephanie, Gee, Nancy R.

    The use of university-based Animal Visitation Programs (AVPs)—programs aimed at reducing student stress through human–animal interaction (HAI)—has increased. Implementation has expanded despite our limited understanding about program effects on student and animal wellbeing. Moreover, little is...

  17. Comfort Creatures

    Comfort Creatures of North Mississippi is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian volunteer group dedicated to serving people in our area by providing Animal Assisted Activities & Therapies (AAA/T) to those in need at local nursing homes, hospitals, schools, mental health centers, and other...

  18. Companion Animal Association of Arizona, Inc.

    A non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to enhancing the quality of lives of people through its Social Pet Therapy Program—certifying and providing social pet therapy teams to the adult residential and healthcare facilities throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area since 1986. Among our...

  19. Cornell Companions- Human Animal Bond

    Cornell Companions is a pet visitation program sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. Cornell Companions is dedicated to the development of the Human-Animal Bond. Volunteers and their pets visit children with disabilities, nursing home patients and hospital...

  20. Courthouse Dogs

    Courthouse Dogs Foundation is dedicated to promoting justice through the use of professionally trained dogs to provide emotional support to everyone in the criminal justice system. They offer their experience and expertise to assist your agency or jurisdiction in the development of a successful...