When Texas communities experience untoward natural or manmade 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