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  1. Animals in Animal-Assisted Services: Are They Volunteers or Professionals?

    Contributor(s):: Wijnen, B., Martens, P.

    With the increasingly common practice of Animal-Assisted Services (AAS), whether in therapy, coaching, education, or volunteering programs, the concern over animal welfare has also risen. However, no standards have yet been established for good practices to ensure the animal's mental health. This...

  2. Virtual volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic: case studies of virtual animal-assisted activities in a Singapore hospice

    Contributor(s):: Kong, C., Soon, S. M. C.

  3. Volunteers' demographics that affect the human-dog interaction during walks in a shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Shih, H. Y., Paterson, M. B. A., Pachana, N. A., Phillips, C. J. C.

    Different people relate to dogs in different ways. We investigated differences between volunteers in their behavioural interactions with shelter dogs when they were walked on a leash. Cameras were used to record and quantify the behaviour of volunteers and a leash tension metre was used to...

  4. Compassion Fatigue Among Animal Shelter Volunteers: Examining Personal and Organizational Risk Factors

    | Contributor(s):: Jacobs, Jacquelyn, Reese, Laura A.

  5. Motivators that Influence Canine Handlers to Volunteer in Animal Assisted Activities

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    | Contributor(s):: Fisher, Gina Marie

    Animal-assisted activity (AAA) programs support various mental health or health-related concerns. Little research has studied why individuals are motivated to volunteer in animal-assisted therapy programs; no studies have addressed what motivational factors influence individuals to become an...

  6. Comparing training methods to improve volunteer skills during therapeutic horseback riding: A randomized control trial

    | Contributor(s):: St Peter, C. C., Shuler, N. J., Jones, S. H., Bradtke, S., Hull, S. L., Browning, B., VanGilder, S., Petitto, C.

  7. One Health: Fostering Hope for Older Adults and Homeless Companion Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: L. F. Carver

    The One Health model proposes that human and nonhuman animal health be addressed in tandem, considering the well-being of both, and even including the environment. However, in practice One Health initiatives usually focus on animals as disease carriers. This paper is innovative because it...

  8. Volunteer experience influences the conclusions of behavioural experiments

    | Contributor(s):: Duncan, Luke Mangaliso, Pillay, Neville

    Volunteers offer an inexpensive and rapid means of collecting behavioural data, but their reliability is often overlooked. Past research has suggested that observers that were inexperienced are equally adept at recording behaviour as experienced observers, and inexperience was regarded as being...

  9. Specificity and variability of trunk kinematics on a mechanical horse

    | Contributor(s):: Goodworth, A. D., Barrett, C., Rylander, J., Garner, B.

  10. Alliance of Therapy Dogs

    Alliance of Therapy Dogs is a national organization with its corporate office located in Cheyenne, WY. ATD was incorporated in the year 1990. Currently we have 12,000+ handler/dog teams in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories. It is a goal of ATD to provide registration,...

  11. Girls' Challenge Seeking: How Outdoor Exposure Can Support Girls in Taking Positive Risks

    | Contributor(s):: Kallen Tsikalas, Karyn L. Martin

  12. Therapy Dogs Nationwide

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    TDN came into being early in 2016 and is managed entirely by volunteers. Our volunteers have the unique privilege of volunteering with their own temperament tested Therapy Dogs; some with over 10 years experience and always focused on caring for people in the community. Using animals...

  13. Kids and Canines

    Our mission of serving disadvantaged youth at Kids and Canines is twofold:To give at-risk youth the support, tools and opportunities to empower themselves and improve their lives, and;Provide trained dogs to individuals looking for emotional support from a dog, and to those...

  14. An Examination of the Cost-Benefit Ratio of Raising Guide Dog Puppies

    | Contributor(s):: Whitney Vail, Genevieve L. Y. Arnaut PhD PsyD (adviser), Michel Hersen PhD ABPP (adviser)

    This survey study examined the ratio of costs versus benefits for raising guide dog puppies, as well as whether participating in this volunteer program may be considered an altruistic act. One hundred and forty-nine male and female Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. puppy raisers (ages 12 to 69)...

  15. Never underestimate the value of innovative, not quite evidence based approaches to care

    | Contributor(s):: Resnick, B.

  16. Exploring Attitudes Toward Euthanasia Among Shelter Workers and Volunteers in Japan and the U.S.

    | Contributor(s):: Maho Cavalier

    Conflicts between foreign and Japanese volunteers concerning decisions to euthanize animals that are in terminal condition were noted during anecdotal observation by this author at a Japanese animal rescue shelter. Thus, this research was undertaken to explore attitudes of shelter staff in Japan....

  17. An Evaluation of a Shelter Dog Training Class: Outcomes for Volunteer Trainers and for Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Paula M. Ramirez

    Are the best things in life really free? Volunteers are valuable people who work for free because they simply want to help. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2014 almost sixty-three million people volunteered (Volunteering in the United States 2014, 2015). The sizeable...

  18. Dealing with the devil: An ethnographic study of human-animal relations and the making of the wild and the domestic.

    | Contributor(s):: Marianne Steinkjer

    In this thesis I will take a dip into the world of multi-species ethnography, and through this explore the relations between humans and Tasmanian devils in captivity. Tasmanian devils are at risk of becoming extinct, due to habitat loss, road kill accidents, but most importantly due to a deadly...

  19. Nepean Therapy Dogs, Inc.

    We bring trained therapy dogs to local hospitals, nursing homes and schools. Our therapy dogs help reduce anxiety, depression, stress and lighten up the mood with palliative care families. All visits are supervised by a highly trained  dog handler. Each team (dog and handler) are assessed to...

  20. Equestrian Zone

    Equestrian Zone is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, that provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy to individuals with disabilities. We serve children and adults with a wide diversity of physical, cognitive, mental and emotional disabilities.Equestrian Zone is a 501(c)(3), non-profit...