Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted TherapyWe currently have 275 volunteer animal assisted therapy (AAT) teams making visits to locations throughout San Francisco. Working with their own friendly dogs, cats, small animals and birds, our busy volunteers share the human-companion animal bond with over 80,000 people annually.

The AAT department operates the general AAT 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 (AAA) and sustained work toward therapeutic goals in conjunction with a health care professional (AAT).

The PDT 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.

Become an AAT volunteer!

Bring AAT to your facility or program.

Find out more about Puppy Dog Tales.