What if with the wag of an animal’s tail, you could ease the emotional traumas that face our Veterans who have come home from protecting our freedom, or wipe away the difficulties of our disabled and special needs children, and end the loneliness felt by our elderly? And what if with another wag of this magical tail, you could eliminate the overwhelming pet explosion and the killing of innocent animals in our local shelters? WHAT IF........
I’ve been a Certified Dog Trainer/Behaviorist for over 17 years, helping people to solve their dog issues, one dog at a time. I am now refocusing my efforts to not only help dogs in crisis, but also to save people in emotional crisis. I’ve developed a unique program to help resolve these issues. It’s called Animal Therapists Assisting In Life or ANIMAL T.A.I.L. Our program takes unwanted animals from local shelters, teaching them to become Service Dogs, “Animal Assisted Therapists” or “AAT‘S“, and places them into the hands of those who desperately need and want them for emotional support.
Involves removing dogs out of local shelters or rescues and letting one of our Veterans who have come home from ensuring our peace and freedom, only to find they are trapped and traumatized from the memories of war, choose the animal they feel a connection with.
The dog they select will become their Emotional Support Animal or Service Dog. That’s the first step. The second step will be to teach the dog, basic to advanced obedience, and then we move into the animal assisted therapy/service dog work.
The needs of the Veteran and their dog will be provided free of charge. If the Veteran prefers a cat, one will be provided.
The next part of phase one is to employ veterans with a rescue dog and turn them into a "animal assisted therapy team". These "teams" will assist other veterans in need of additional support at the local VA or Vet Centers.
We will begin having a team of Animal Assisted Therapy Dogs go into working with disabled and special needs children on a daily basis.
We will place the rescued animals, now trained as Therapy Dogs (or cats) with the elderly and offer assistance should they need it.
It is my goal to not only help save all the throw away animals in the County Shelters, but to enrich the lives and give back hope to any man, woman, or child, in need of these services.
Animal Therapists Assisting in Life is a 501 (c) (3). All donations are tax exempt.
I’m proud to be affiliated with the Best Friends Animal Society who have adopted my program! Best Friends offers training and adoption services nationwide. I’m very grateful to be affiliated with this organization! They completely support my program. Thank You Best Friends!
Best Friends Animal Society created a grass roots effort to place dogs and cats considered “un-adoptable” into good homes and reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs. Canines with Careers is a program to increase the number of career dogs trained and available for individuals with specific needs by establishing a national model for selecting, training and placing rescued dogs into careers.