Who We Are
Annie's Therapeutic Companions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization consisting of Pet Partners registered Animal Assisted Therapy teams, based out of Dublin, Texas. Our organization is run by volunteers who love people and animals, who own and train their own animals, and want to serve the public by utilizing them. ATC teams consist of a handler and dog or other animal who have been extensively trained to offer consistent, safe attention to those in our care. All of the registered teams in our organization are also extensively trained to help in crisis situations and have an additional certification from Pet Partners in Animal Assisted Crisis Response.
Pet Partners is the leading national nonprofit organization for Animal Therapy. Each animal has passed a rigorous Pet Partners test of obedience and willingness to serve. Each handler has passed a thorough Pet Partners evaluation of effective communication, professionalism, and are found capable to work with and guide their animals in various situations.
Pet Partners' mission is to improve the human health and well-being through the human-animal bond. At Pet Partners, we believe that the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial relationship that improves the physical, social, and emotional lives of those we serve. We are motivated by connection, compassion, and a commitment to sharing this meaningful bond with everyone who can benefit from time spent with an animal. In the more than forty years since Pet Partners inception, the science that proves these benefits has become indisputable. Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program represents the best that the field of animal-assisted interventions has to offer.
AACR is a form of animal-assisted activities (AAA) which provides comfort to those who have been affected by natural, human-caused, or technological disasters. AACR does not take the place of professional interventions, but provides support in the immediate wake of a crisis through listening, empathy, and sharing the unconditional love of a therapy animal. AACR can be effective for everyone affected by the impact of a crisis, including first responders and crisis management staff.
AACR is effective because the safety, familiarity, novelty, and interest in the animal have been found to be impactful when building rapport with a person affected by crisis. The therapy animal team can offer comfort, reduce anxiety, and provide the opportunity for contact and engagement, and when needed, connect a client to emergency personnel and professionals for additional assistance.
We are proud to announce that ALL of our Pet Partners registered teams have received further training and now have their Animal Assisted Crisis Response Certification.
Who We Serve
We serve those in Erath, Comanche, and Hamilton counties, and work with special needs children at summer camps and open houses every year at Cutting Edge Pediatric & Adult Therapy located in Plano and Mansfield.
Annie's Therapeutic Companions makes regular consistent visits to hospitals, nursing and rehabilitation facilities, senior living/assisted living, veterans services, disaster shelters, first responder facilities, schools, special needs classes in schools, and occupational therapy facilities that work with special needs children.
Our Animal Assisted Therapy teams see between 1,500 and 2,500 people a month which includes patients, family members of patients, first responders and staff at all facilities.
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