HABIC programs make a difference in communities
HABIC trains and supports human-animal volunteer teams and student volunteers to work in partnership with professionals in our community, providing animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapies.
Founded in 1993, HABIC’s first program was at Spring Creek Healthcare Center in Fort Collins. Today, HABIC has approximately 100 trained and supervised human-animal teams providing services in Colorado.
What are animal-assisted activities (AAA)?
Animal-assisted activities provide opportunities for motivation, education, or recreation to enhance quality of life. Animal assisted activities are delivered in a variety of environments by specially trained professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers in association with animals that meet specific criteria.
AAA helps to relieve loneliness and provide emotional support. Through forms of contact with the client, such as petting, brushing, and speaking, human-animal teams are a source of comfort in hospitals, long-term care, and rehabilitation facilities.
In many AAA scenarios, the animal serves as a facilitator, allowing a client to relate to professionals and HABIC volunteers in ways that would not otherwise be possible.
What are animal-assisted therapies (AAT)?
An animal-assisted therapy is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. Animal-assisted therapy is delivered and/or directed by health or human service providers working within the scope of their profession.
Animal-assisted therapy is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, or cognitive function. Animal-assisted therapy is provided in a variety of settings, and maybe a group or individual in nature. The process is documented and evaluated.
Human-animal teams work closely with specialized health and human services professionals. Because of its ongoing role in a client’s treatment regimen and the need for documentation and evaluation, AAT requires additional training of human-animal teams.
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To request HABIC teams to visit your facility or school on a weekly basis, please complete our HABIC Partner Agency Application.