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For the Love of Therapy Animals Club

For the Love of Therapy Animals Club

Animal Assisted Therapy Services (AaTs) is a non-profit organization with a mission to build the human/animal connection as a motivator for therapeutic and recreational purposes.  Animal Assisted Therapy Services is located at 4 Oxford Road, Building D, Milford.

Based on the success of the summer program, “For the Love of Therapy Dogs!”, AaTs is expanding the concept this Fall into a weekly course for children in grades 4-5 and 6-8.  In addition to our canine partners, exciting new friends are arriving with the addition of an eco-friendly fish tank, two rescue bunnies, guinea pigs, and hamsters.

This program is for “animal lovers” who enjoy learning more about the development, training, and role of Credentialed Therapy Dogs and small animals.  Each week provides hands-on learning that includes training, handling skills, and care for the animal’s overall well-being.

The emphasis is on the connection between nature, animals, farms, food and a healthy style of living.  The garden at the AaTs Center is tended by participants during spring, summer, and fall and provides delicious healthy food prepared in our kitchen for both animals and humans!

Regular therapeutic visits to assisted living facilities in the community will be scheduled throughout the year with the dogs or small animals.  Under the supervision of AaTs trainers and therapists, the club members will discover first-hand the unconditional love, joy, and healing animals bring to residents and patients!

“For the Love of Therapy Animals Club” meets Tuesday, 4-6pm, grades 4-5 and Friday, 3:30-5:30pm, grades 6-8.  The program runs in eight-week sessions year-round beginning September 24.  Cost is $250/session.  Call (203) 804-5343 or email beth.patella@aatsct.org for more information and registration.

Key Components of “For the Love of Therapy Animals Club”:

  • Foster love and care for animals;
  • Acquaintance with the profession of training therapy dogs and small animals;
  • Experience handling AaTs Credentialed Therapy Dogs and small Animals;
  • Learn how basic training shapes an animal’s behavior;
  • Understand the communication and body language between humans and animals;
  • Introduce volunteer and career opportunities that involve animals;
  • Provide Animal Assisted Therapy visits within the community under the supervision of AaTs trainers and therapists; and
  • Promote positive social interactions among peers who share common goals and interests.

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