My school would like to incorporate therapy animals into our school on a daily basis. Does anyone know of any sources of funding available for such a program in order to offset costs?
In Wisconsin we have had Dogs on Call come to our high school. I am not sure if this program exists in other areas. There was no cost for this program. We had a span of multiple deaths within the school community, so the dogs came in for a day to help comfort those in need.
Indeed! I was hoping to find sources of funding so that our school or at least our Ag program could have one on a more permanent bases. We have a number of emotionally disturbed students who would benefit from it. Maybe we a could branch into training our own someday. I'm just trying to help my administration with locating sources of funding. Thank you for your assistance!!!
Wow, I could talk forever on this one! We started raising Guide Dogs for the Blind puppies two years ago. 20ish dogs later many are placed with a visually impaired partner, and some are being used for therapy. This is an amazing organization and provide training, support, and the dogs are provided free to approved trained raisers. Kids take them home and train them for approximately 15 mos. If after they are recalled for Guide Dog "Grad school" (intense training) and for some reason they do not make it, we have taken them back and worked with our local Therapy Dogs program. They are already trained and it does not take much more to prep them for therapy. Both of these have been extremely rewarding and helpful to the community. We hope to put on a workshop at NAAE that will help, but if not we would love to help you in any way we can.
By the way, the dogs are at school every day. Teachers love having them in class because the students seem to perform better. They also seem to make everyone generally feel better in class. They are pretty amazing.
Indeed. My Ag program has some emotionally disturbed students, and I was hoping to get a therapy dog to reside at our school during the school day. Maybe we could even branch out and train our own someday. Thanks for the advice!!!
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