Annie's Therapeutic Companions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization consisting of Pet Partners registered animal 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.
Our organization provides each team with all their grooming necessities (such as shampoos, conditioners and many other wonderful trade secrets to making all of our animals smell, look and feel amazing for our visits), uniforms and the animal's working therapy gear/uniform. Once a team has gone through all their training and pass their evaluation/test there are other large required costs we cover.
The goal of Annie's Therapeutic Companions is to bring hope of life, encouragement, comfort, peace and joy to each individual, no matter the setting. We strive to make a positive impact on the individual’s physical, cognitive, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Our volunteer animal therapy teams serve and motivate individuals in their therapy or learning environments and bridge communication gaps with the medical staff, teachers or other providers.
We believe that the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial relationship that improves the physical, social, mental 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.
We also educate the general public, healthcare professionals, educators, facility leaders and first responders on the opportunities and benefits of animal therapy. We have made it our goal that at each and every facility visited our teams are reaching out to each and every staff member, all the patients and every family member.
Our vision is to be involved in every facet of the community where therapy animals may be used and provide the greatest of benefits. We are on call 24/7 for comfort, encouragement and support to first responders, schools, hospitals, and communities in general and during times of crisis, disasters or personal loss.