Puppy Love=Healing Therapy

Puppy Love=Healing Therapy

From Zhanna Keeton

I’m raising funds to start an animal assisted therapy(AAT) organization. To provide AAT with therapy in at risk schools and alternative schools; spreading puppy love and reducing emotional health symptoms in children.

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I am a Psychotherapist and the CEO of Phoenix Stars; looking for a new way to reach the students involved in in-school therapy programs. I currently have a loving German Shepherd that brings joy to everyone she comes into contact with (with the exception of people whom don't like dogs) either petting or playing.  I have noticed in recent studies there have been findings that prove a reduction in anxiety, depression, PTSD symptoms, and behaviors in children and adults.  I am looking to develop a pilot approach by contracting other Therapist with loving dogs to join the cause.  In order to ensure everyone's safety and ensure exceptional services, our puppies need formal training.

I have outlined the expenses included in my funding request:

Board and Train(1 week)-$1,400 for 2 dogs in our program: $2,800

Therapy training-$950 for 2 dogs in our program-$1,900

Insurance coverage for AAT: $300 for 2 dogs

Organization and school liability coverage: 1,130

Contract Therapist salary: $2,500

Office Space for training and support services: $2,760

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