We LOVE children and have a heart for those who have endured childhood trauma, suffered loss, neglect, abandonment, and abuse. We strive to create a safe, therapeutic environment to help vulnerable youth overcome fear, loss, and trauma. We exist to provide a secure, family atmosphere where each child can receive acceptance, a positive experience for children and families to learn about the saving hope of Jesus Christ through animal-assisted intervention sessions in a peaceful, calm, rural setting. Animals provide a purely non-judgmental space for individuals to work out their problems. Statistics prove that working with a therapy animal has resulted in behavioral improvement in children. We believe that the unspoken connection one can have with an animal can help aid in the healing process. The presence of animals themselves is soothing and can more quickly build rapport between a therapist and a client. This is why we believe that our program is so essential.
Our First Steps Program offers 90-minute weekly sessions with a trained advocate or therapist which entail animal care, bonding, building trust, play, purposeful conversation, and curriculum promoting healing. While the child is in his/her session, our Family Mentor serves to be a listening ear to the parents who remains onsite and leads them in parenting classes and/or Bible Study.
Our Extended Hands Program offers our facility and therapy animals, along with their handlers, to licensed therapists who are looking to incorporate animal-assisted therapy into their practice. Please call (513) 323-7573 or email for more details.