What is Animal Assisted Therapy?
We currently have nearly 300 volunteer Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) teams making visits to locations throughout San Francisco. Working with their own friendly dogs, cats, pigs, and rabbits, our busy volunteers share the human-companion animal bond with over 100,000 people annually.
The AAT department operates a General Program and the Puppy Dog Tales Reading Program (PDT). Both programs facilitate communication, healing, and motivation by sharing the love of companion animals with those facing mental, physical, or educational challenges.
The General Program sends volunteer teams to hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, psychiatric facilities, developmentally disabled centers, convalescent homes, and youth facilities. Our teams provide animal assisted activities and sustained work toward therapeutic goals in conjunction with a health care professional.
Our Puppy Dog Tales program brings the benefits of the human-companion animal bond to young readers. We work in San Francisco public libraries, San Francisco unified schools and local bookstores to improve literacy and engender a love of reading in children whose first language is not English, those with learning disabilities and remedial readers.
If you’re interested in getting involved with AAT, please see one of our info pages.