Animal-Assisted Therapy is used to provide children with animal interaction so that they may feel safe and secure in the counseling environment. Woolf, our Therapy Dog, provides support to children during interviews and counseling sessions.
Why Animal-Assisted Therapy?
Animal-Assisted Therapy is used to provide children with animal interaction so that they may feel safe and secure in the counseling environment. This can help children increase their self-esteem and self-worth, as well as decrease feelings of depression and isolation as a result of abuse. Animal-Assisted Therapy also provides the following benefits:
- Physical Contact & Touch
- Mental Stimulation
- Outward Focus
- Physiological Benefits
What is Animal-Assisted Therapy?
Animal-Assisted Therapy is the use of a specially trained animal in a therapeutic setting to assist the counselor with specific goals. The CAC has two counselors who are certified handlers for therapy dogs.
Woolf, our Therapy Dog, is a White Shepherd / Siberian Husky mix who has been trained by Caring Canines Therapy Dogs of Lake County. He has experience with spreading happiness to patients in local nursing homes and hospitals, as well clients of Cornerstone Hospice. He has also worked with the R.E.A.D.ing (Reading Education Assistance Dog) Paw Program at Fruitland Park and Leesburg Elementary Schools. In 2011, Woolf began to work with the CAC, providing support to children during interviews and counseling sessions.
Woolf is owned by Missy and Joe Ziler. The Ziler’s generously donate Woolf's services to the children we serve.