Everyone knows about the special bond that exists
between a pet and its owner. And if you have ever watched children interact with pets, you've no doubt seen the joy and unbridled happiness that is exchanged between the animal and the child.
Hearts in Harmony Certified Pet Therapy Teams offer unconditional love and teach respect, empathy and
trust to children who have been victims of abuse or who are at risk of abuse.
The dogs act as catalysts for social and verbal interaction for children who:
- Because of their environment and early histories are at-risk of becoming violent or abusive due
to an inability of expressing feelings or thoughts of compassion, nurturing and/or emotional attachment or involvement with others.
- Have exhibited violent and/or abusive behavior toward animals or others, or have themselves been victims of abuse or violence.
Because of this early intervention by Hearts in Harmony teams, many of these children will have the
opportunity to experience a healthy and nurturing relationship with an animal - a first step for many at-risk children in learning how they relate emotionally to another living being.
The animals also become an extra "tool" for therapists who are helping the children work through
emotional issues, because the simple presence of the animal relaxes the child and allows the wall which they have built around their emotions to fall a bit. This can be a first step for many at risk
children in learning how they relate emotionally to another living being.