Therapy animals and their handlers volunteer in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, courthouses and many other specialized locations. Their purpose is to bring a smile to someone who is in a situation where smiles may not be commonplace. But it’s more than that. Research shows that petting an animal lowers blood pressure.
It could be a brain trauma patient that is learning to walk again but is so depressed that he has no motivation. Enter a therapy dog and that young boy is begging to try.
It might be an assault victim giving a deposition about the most horrific event in her life. With the help of the therapy animal, she can get through her testimony.
Or it is a fragile child fighting for his life and spending more time at doctor appointments than school. The little hand reaches out in awe as she touches the mane of a miniature horse for the first time.
Our biggest goal is to get as many therapy animal teams out there impacting people who need it by being the resource for sharing the healing love of pets.
In order to provide more healing moments, we provide educational opportunities for pet owners to learn about pet therapy and how to go about getting trained and registered to volunteer with their pet.
The Therapy Animal Expo is the first of its kind, bringing together all the aspects of pet therapy. Our exhibitors consist of training groups, registration organizations and the therapy animal programs looking for more volunteer therapy animal teams. In a conference format, there are several tracks for attendees to choose and a well-known keynote speaker has been added to this year’s event.
Please visit our website to learn more about the life changing way pets impact the community around us and how Therapy Animal Coalition is providing resources to multiply that impact. http://therapyanimalcoalition.org