Annie's Therapeutic Companions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer based organization consisting of Pet Partners certified Animal
Assisted Therapy teams, based out of Dublin, Texas. Our organization is run by volunteers who own and train their animals, who freely give of their time and as such our organization does not charge any facility we visit for our services. Our teams consist of a handler and dog or other animal who have been trained to offer consistent, safe attention to those in our care.
Pet Partners is the leading national nonprofit organization for Animal Assisted Activities/Therapy. Within our teams, 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. We currently have teams in training with the mindset of joining Pet Partners in the future.
Who We Are
Along with the consistency in everything we do from training, testing, visiting and working with students and adults. We have made it part of our mission to further help the communities we serve in times of crisis.
We are proud to announce that ALL of our Pet Partners certified teams have received further training and now have their Animal Assisted Crisis Response Corps Certification.
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.
Who We Serve
We serve those in Erath, Comanche, Hood, and Hamilton counties, and make occasional visits to Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy 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, schools, special needs classes in schools, first responder facilities such as fire, police, EMS stations and occupational therapy facilities that work with special needs children.
We currently make regular visits to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville, Comanche Elementary School (Comanche ISD) Erath County Sherriff Office, Stephenville Police Department & Dispatch, Stephenville Fire Department/EMS, Dublin Police Department & Dispatch Dublin Fire Station/EMS, Dove Hill Care Center and Villas Nursing Home and Assisted Living in Hamilton, Hamilton Health Care Center in Hamilton, Three Oaks Assisted Living in Dublin, Golden Age Manor Nursing Home in Dublin, DeLeon Nursing and Rehabilitation in DeLeon, Oakwood Assisted Living in Stephenville, Mulberry Manor Nursing Home in Stephenville, Good Tree Assisted Living in Stephenville, Stephenville Nursing & Rehabilitation, Senior Care at Stephenville, Hico Nursing & Rehabilitation, Hill Country Estates-Hico Assisted Living, Western Hills Healthcare Residence in Comanche. We are pursuing new facilities all the time, and training new volunteers to help us continue growing as an organization in serving our communities.
Some of the past mentions over the years we have had the pleasure to be at and work alongside students has been Central Elementary (Stephenville ISD), and Hook Elementary (Stephenville ISD). Our Animal Assisted Therapy teams see between 2,000 and 3,000 people a month which includes patients, family members of patients, first responders and staff at all facilities.
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