Human-Animal Bond in Colorado works in three areas:
1. HABIC sponsors animal-assisted intervention services and programs in partnership with our volunteers and our community.
We train and support human-animal volunteer teams to work with professionals in our community in providing animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy to people of all ages. Learn more about animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy by exploring the links on this page in the sidebar.
HABIC volunteers work in many places in Northern Colorado and the Denver Metro area including public schools, long-term care, and rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, hospice, mental health centers, youth corrections facilities, residential treatment centers, the Veterans Administration, and other health and social services organizations in Colorado.
2. HABIC offers education and training classes.
HABIC courses focus on the human-animal bond, the therapeutic use of companion animals, and animal-assisted interventions. This includes training for HABIC volunteer teams and human-animal bond courses offered through Colorado State University’s School of Social Work.
3. HABIC is the only therapy animal organization in Colorado partnered with a research institution.
HABIC is engaged in conducting research in the field of human-animal bond and animal-assisted therapy/activity interventions; and evaluations of the animal-assisted therapy model/approach with “at-risk” students in schools.
HABIC Advisory Committee
The HABIC Advisory Committee is composed of an exceptionally dedicated group of volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to assist in administration, programs, and planning for the continued success of HABIC.
25 Years of Service in Colorado
Volunteers are the heart of HABIC! Founded in 1993, our first program was at Spring Creek Healthcare Center in Fort Collins. Today, HABIC has approximately 170 trained and supervised human-animal teams (e.g. owner/dog), providing services to 800 clients per week, in more than 40 separate programs along the Front Range area of Colorado.
HABIC’s funds come from several sources, including program fees, grants, and donations. The training process for humans and canines is approximately eight weeks, ensuring each new human-animal team is prepared to enter a facility and do all they can to benefit those with whom they work.