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Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County (Concord, New Hampshire 03301) is dedicated to caring for abandoned and homeless pets, protecting and advocating for pets in need, and promoting the humane treatment of all animals.


Vision Statement: The Pope Memorial SPCA envisions our community to be a safe haven for animals, where the animal-human bond is nurtured and all animals are treated with compassion and respect.

The shelter strives to place homeless animals in loving homes that are committed to their lifetime care. This goal is facilitated by medically and behaviorally evaluating all animals, providing necessary veterinary care and working closely with applicants to ensure a successful match.

We do not euthanize animals for time or space, and many stay with us for weeks or even months waiting patiently to be adopted.


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When a real horse walks into the hospital room of a sick child, it is always a magical experience. Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses (Gainesville, Florida 32635) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. The teams of tiny horses visit over 25,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, and with children who have experienced traumatic events. From the school children and first responders of Sandy Hook Elementary School / Newtown, CT, to the tornado survivors of Moore, OK, child trafficking victims in Washington D.C. and even children living in orphanages in Greece, these tiny horses bring their special love where it is needed most.


Gentle Carousel’s award winning literacy program Reading Is Magic also brings also real horses inside schools, at risk youth programs and libraries to inspire young readers and “bring books to life.”

Gentle Carousel’s therapy horse Magic was named by TIME Magazine one of History’s Ten Most Courageous Animals (the only living animal on the list).  She is also AARP’s Most Heroic Pet in America, a Readers Digest/Americantowns Power of One Hero and was one of Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Ten Most Heroic Animals In America.

Therapy horses Magic and Hamlet are honored to be 2014 Breyer Model Horses.

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The mission of Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services (San Jose, California 95150) is to consistently facilitate delivery of the love and affection of our volunteers and their pets.



Furry Friends enhances the lives and touches the hearts of people with special needs.

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From Rocky Ridge Refuge

Rocky Ridge Refuge (Midway, Arkansas 72651) is the result of a dream I’ve had since I was a small child; to share my life with animals, especially those needing special effort due to medical issues, or abuse and neglect.

Since settling in my present location, I’ve been working toward this animal “group home.” I now rescue and care for a variety of creatures, both exotic and the more common.


I have been involved with animals all my life, from wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, to many years working as a Veterinary Technician, dog trainer and volunteer in many animal causes. I have studied and applied alternative therapies for many of my ill or injured animals with positive results. I continue to study and learn all I can to help their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Another aspect of my life with animals is the “Pet Therapy” work I’ve done for 20 years. Whether visiting nursing homes or schools with some of the smaller animals, or having people out to my place, the gift of interacting with animals is something I love to share with others. I’ve seen some remarkable things occur over the years as a result of this healing experience.

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Operation Freedoms Paws (Gilroy, California 95020) matches dogs with individuals who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) symptoms, physical, neurological, psychological and/or mobility needs.

Operation Freedoms Paws trains the individual to train their own dog, and then certifies them together as an Assistance Team in a 32-week program. Operation Freedoms Paws provides this unique opportunity enabling the veteran and others to feel safe and secure, and to begin to recover from, or at least learn to better cope with and manage their day-to-day lives, get back out in their communities and begin to see their new life in a new way with hope, because of the very special therapeutic k9/human relationship.

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Fuzzy Friends Rescue (Waco, Texas 76702) believes that animals, as living creatures, are entitled to a quality life, respect, and compassion. Since humans have domesticated animals, we have a moral and ethical responsibility to care for the animals. Chomper The mission of Fuzzy Friends is to provide shelter, food, medical treatment, and love to animals that are abandoned, unwanted, or otherwise in need. Fuzzy Friends wants to instill in the community an awareness of the animals whose world we share; encouraging and promoting responsible pet ownership. Fuzzy Friends Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization that cares for homeless and unwanted animals in a life-care environment. Fuzzy Friends never euthanizes an animal to make room for another, and cares for all those it takes in until they are adopted.

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The Special Equestrians Therapeutic Riding Program (Warrington, Pennsylvania 18976) was founded in 1982 by Kathy Quinn using one horse, one rider, and one volunteer in a non-handicapped accessible backyard farm. In 1999, Special Equestrians moved to its first permanent home: a state-of-the-art, 28-stall facility with indoor and outdoor arenas, observation room, and office space on over 40 preserved acres in Warrington Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


Today, Special Equestrians has grown to 8 horses, over 100 active volunteers, and 17 staff members. Its clients collectively face over 60 physical and cognitive challenges—many face multiple disabilities. They range in age from 4-54, and come from all ethnic and socio-economic communities.

Special Equestrians is proud to be a PATH International member center, giving the community the assurance that it adheres to the highest standards involving the safety of its riders, certification of its instructors, and proper maintenance of its facility.

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The members of Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association (Troy, Ohio 45373) provide Animal Assisted Therapy services to individuals in many facilities throughout the Greater Miami Valley area.

There are over 125 active pet therapy teams in the mvPTa. Teams are typically made up of a pet and their owner (dogs, rabbits, cats, and hand-held pets). However, mvPTa does have some escorts that do not have a pet of their own and are certified to work with another person’s pet. mvPTa volunteers visit in facilities throughout the Miami Valley area. Some of these facilities include Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, and numerous Nursing/Assisted Living facilities, libraries, and schools.

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Peaceful Acres Horses (Pattersonville, New York) is a unique farm where rescued and retired horses are rehabilitated and guide children and adults in healing emotionally, psychologically, and physically.

During the six weekly sessions the RA1 students spent at the picturesque Peaceful Acres, they were introduced to the sights, sounds, and sensations of the rural outdoors — a novelty for some who live in more urban settings. They also learned important lessons — basic caretaking and grooming, how to remain calm and still in the presence of a frightened horse — through a series of activities designed to build trust and familiarity between horses and humans.

Peaceful Acres Horses’ mission is to provide a therapeutic environment for both horses and people to resolve issues related to grief, loss, and trauma, and to regain strength and trust. Partnered together in equine-assisted experiential learning and psychotherapy programs, the horses and people both learn skills and find a supportive environment that improves their quality of life. Peaceful Acres Horses offers therapeutic services through Youth, Family, and Women’s Programs.

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The mission of the Austin Dog Alliance (Austin, Texas 78750), a non-profit organization is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families through programs that incorporate the powerful connection between dogs and humans.

To achieve its mission, the Austin Dog Alliance:

  • Promotes the valuable role of pet therapy in the community
  • Implements animal-assisted programs in nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers
  • Enhances student reading skills by utilizing Bow Wow Reading Dog pet therapy teams at schools and libraries
  • Provides a variety of fun and educational programs designed to build self-esteem and teach children to love and respect dogs
  • Provides programs for children and their families who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special learning needs
  • Provides professional and positive dog training classes
  • Carefully places rescued dogs into forever homes

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