“H.E.A.R.T. Pet Programs, Inc. was formed to address the growing local requests for human/animal therapy programs having therapeutic, educational or recreational goals.”
Our volunteers with their Pet Partners registered pets (formerly Delta Society) accomplish these goals of healing, learning and recreation in a variety of facilities and settings.
What do we mean by Human-Animal Educational and Relational Therapy?
People develop based on relationships with others. Bringing animals and humans together creates the opportunity for this unique relationship to be utilized as a catalyst for reaching therapeutic goals (AAT). Even when the goals are not documented, animals have a unique ability to create an environment that is intrinsically therapeutic and beneficial in socialization, recreation and in a reduction of stress (AAA).
In addition, animals can teach us in many ways about our own characters with their organic acceptance, lack of judgment as well as ability to be in the present moment.
“When we give animals the opportunity, they can reach into our painful, hurt places and mend and soothe. The ways of animals and how they heal us are mysterious, but stories I have heard over the years convince me beyond a doubt that animals are some of the most accomplished and accessible healers we may ever meet.”
~ Susan Chernak McElroy,
Author of Animals as Teachers and Healers
* H.E.A.R.T. Programs is a not for profit organization – 501-c-3 tax-exempt