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IndyStar (The Indianapolis Star)

Jordan Erb

19 October 2020

Pendleton, Indiana, United States

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In Indiana's maximum-security Pendleton Correctional Facility, the FORWARD program (Felines and Offenders Rehabilitation With Affection, Reformation and Dedication) puts incarcerated men in charge of caring for cats r...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

17 September 2020

Gilford, New Hampshire, United States

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In New Hampshire, a healing and bonding program is offering veterans and first responders experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder ways to cope with their stressors. From social interactions to equine t...

Equal Times

Evelyn Lirri

8 January 2020

Uganda

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Animal-assisted therapy offers benefits to those suffering from trauma. In Uganda, the Comfort Dog Project pairs victims of the country's decades-long civil war with companion animals. The dogs help victims, many of w...

San Diego Union-Tribune

Lauren J. Mapp

19 November 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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Several San Diego organizations bring pets into senior-living facilities and hospitals to provide the scientifically proven benefits of a pet's companionship. The focus on elderly people, including those with dementia...

Bhekisisa

Dhashen Moodley

Danny Booysen

19 November 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa

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A practice in Johannesburg is making the courtroom and trial process less scary for sexually abused children by letting them play the role of court officials alongside therapy dogs in a pretend court. The Teddy Bear F...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

31 October 2019

Laconia, New Hampshire, United States

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Elementary schools in New Hampshire are introducing pet therapy to better serve their students who are experiencing emotional distress. In one school, the therapy dog acts as "a reward for good behavior, a transition ...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Michael Tashji

30 August 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Working to train therapy dogs helps kids with issues learn how to cope. Rising Ground, an organization in New York City, provides animal therapy as part of a residential placement program for juveniles facing problems...

The New York Times

Ellie Shechet

25 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Horticulture therapy uses relaxation and mindfulness to reduce stress, and even assist in recovery. While the application of horticultural activities and gardening in clinical therapy has existed for over a century, m...

KFMB-TV

Jeff Zevely

20 February 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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In San Diego, Little Angels Service Dogs are being trained to not just assist people but also recognize symptoms leading up to seizures. This practice allows people to proactively handle their seizures before they hap...

NPR

Gloria Hillard

29 December 2018

California, United States

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The Wolf Connection Youth Empowerment Program connects troubled youth who have dealt with abuse and trauma, with wolves. "These wolves and wolf-dogs come from abuse, neglect and mistreatment. And the youth we serve co...

Chicago Reporter

Jessica Pupovac

14 October 2018

Mitchelville, Iowa, United States

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The Iowa Correctional Institution for Women has reformed how inmates are treated, adapting approaches informed by gender and past trauma. A new campus provides private counseling suites and a mental health unit, large...

KMGH-TV

Kumasi Aaron

9 May 2018

Colorado, United States

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In one Colorado classroom, the teacher's pet, a dog named Buster, is teaching students lessons about patience, responsibility, and confidence.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Quinn O'Callaghan

11 October 2017

Narbeth, Pennsylvania, United States

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Overwhelmingly, individuals who have been incarcerated will spend the rest of their lives dragging in-and-out of prison, with few resources to help break the cycle and get them back on their feet. But one program call...

The New York Times

Elizabeth Harris

31 May 2017

New York, New York, United States

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A handful of schools in New York City are piloting a comfort dog program with the goal of offering emotional support and teaching students about empathy. Recruiting animals from a rescue and adoption agency, teachers ...

The 74

Lizzie Thompson

22 September 2016

New York, New York, United States

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A non profit, Fair Shake For Youth, is a social emotional learning program which offers NYC middle school students from high-poverty neighbourhoods an opportunity to work hands-on with therapy dogs. The program helps ...

The Post Crescent

Katherine Lymn

17 March 2016

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

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After shortages of mental health options for kids and untold grief, counties in Wisconsin have responded with new kinds of support for at-risk youth. Wisconsin communities have increased access with reduced wait time,...

Mental Floss

Jennifer Billock

26 February 2016

United States

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Specially trained service dogs help crime victims in 31 states by accompanying them to forensic interviews and court dates. The dogs, called facility dogs, give emotional comfort to victims, most often child victims o...

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