When Texas communities experience untoward natural or man-made events that cause disruption and pain the presence of therapy animal teams can provide comfort, strengthen a sense of community, and enhance coping. In response to this understanding we have recently developed the CARE Program (Crisis Animal Response) and are building our capacity to respond rapidly across the state of Texas.
In order to provide the best support possible to Texas communities through established response systems our program adheres to relevant national standards that allow us to identify interested and qualified current experienced therapy dog teams. These teams are provided with FEMA certified training, animal and human first aide certifications, as well as professionally presented content and simulation experience in communicating with persons experiencing crisis. We also provide training for team management, leadership in the field, and self-care; as well as, financial support related to deployment. If you are interested in learning more please contact us at CARE@therapyanimalssa.org
Congratulations to our founding CARE Program members! They completed CARE Program training 12 June, 2021 and are now ready to deploy as needed.
Linda Porter-Wenzlaff and Indigo Moon – CARE Co-Coordinator
Walter Macias – CARE Co-Coordinator
Kathy Meade and Jasper
Gerald Dubinski, Jr. and Bonnie
Denise Linnert and Gilley
Sara Morgan and Happy Happy Hazel
Jason George and Soluna
David Scott and Mercy
Beverly Oakes and Tessa
Christi and Morrison and Maggie
Chris Puckett and Scout
Pat Smutz and Kira
Audrey Charlton and Indigo