SCHOOL THERAPY DOGS
Dedicated to improving the life for children and animals through the human-animal bond by providing humane educational programs and services.
1. To provide Humane Education through books and instructional activities for teaching literacy and character building concepts of compassion and respect for all living beings (Luke's Story and Luke's Adventure Series)
2. To reduce the number of abandoned pets by promoting compassion toward animals, encouraging pet adoption, and defining responsible pet ownership.
3. To provide awareness about the conservation of endangered animals and their habitats.
4. To provide registered/certified "therapy dog teams" to be utilized in schools for Education (improving literacy skills) and for Psychosocial Development (helping children who are struggling with social and behavioral skills)
"The greatest resource on our planet for human physical and mental health are animals. The greatest resource on our planet for animals and their well being is our children and us."
Humane Education & Therapy dogs in our schools
Humane: characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed.
Humane Education: the use of education to nurture compassion and respect for living things.
Luke's series of children's books enhance students' motivation and are effective methods for teaching children literacy and other character building concepts of compassion and respect for all living things.
Therapy dogs can be used in our schools for stress management, anxiety, trauma, anger management, social isolation, literacy, and children with special needs. Educators and school administrators considering innovative and alternative methods that help students cope with the many pressures faced in today's world. Much conversation tends to focus on academics, but we should also consider our children's social and emotional growth.
HELP OUR ANIMALS
The statistics of animal neglect, abandonment, and abuse are staggering. Change starts with educating our children.
Together we can make a difference.
ARTICLES ON HUMANE EDUCATION
Required education in Florida
Kindness to Animals 233.06 (j)
Humane Treatment of People & Animals 233.09 (c)
Talking About Animals, The Benefits for a Classroom and for the 21st Century Society
ARTICLES ON THERAPY DOGS IN THE CLASSROOM
Journal of Moral Education-Teachers' Experiences with Humane Education and Animals in the Elementary Classroom: Implications for Empathy Development
2. Therapy Dogs
Academic & Social Benefits of a Dog in the Classroom
Lessons Learned from Dogs in the Classroom
TOWN AND SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Promoting Kindness as a Guiding Principle of Humanity. Committed to Fostering Compassion in Children and Aspiring Life-long Contributors to Society
*A Practical Guide For School Administrators and Educators
*A Parents Guide
COLLEGES USING THERAPY DOGS FOR STUDENTS
PREVENT ANIMAL CRUELTY
Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: The Humane Society of the United States
Help prevent animal abuse: The key to preventing neglect is education
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
OUR CHANGE IS MAKING A CHANGE PROGRAM
"The day after Luke's visit, the children brought in an additional $191.00 donation
for Big Dog Ranch Rescue, the largest single day donation to date" -Jill Ostaffe