Gina, Age 13
was terrified of dogs
for a horrible reason
At the beginning of the Pawsitive Connection course at the treatment center, Gina, age 13, was nervous and afraid of being around dogs. She had been victimized by a cruel parent that used an angry dog to keep her from disclosing his abuse of her sexually. Over the ten week period, she began to interact with Scotty, a gentle and cuddly dog. This led to her talking more openly with her therapist and interacting more with other children. Today, Gina is living with an aunt and moving on with her life.
CONNECTING YOUTH WITH Animals & Nature
Our 55-year legacy of award winning, human/animal interaction programs continues to thrive! We involve animals in teaching lessons about life and personal responsibility. We also use our 1800-acre mountain property, Thunderbird Ranch, to teach nature skills to children, youth and families.
ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY
We are providing Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to children and families in Boulder, Douglas and Arapahoe counties. The therapy is effective in treating clients struggling with trauma related fears and anxieties, frustration, communication, responsibility and self-confidence. The service is provided in homes, community settings or offices.
We are working with Community Reach Day Treatment Center in Thorton and DPS Compassion Road School providing dog training courses and humane education. In ten weeks, youth interact with dogs, practice responsibility and respect, and learn to show empathy and concern for others. By focusing on the similarities and differences between people and animals, youth become more aware of their own lives, develop confidence and a sense of gratitude. To date, the program has been provided in 16 treatment centers and schools.
We are collaborating with Colorado Youth Outdoors to help connect youth, parents and families via outdoor and nature-based activities at Thunderbird Ranch. Activities include adventure trails, hiking, fishing and mountain crafts in the beautiful wooded area, complete with a rustic campsite and small lakes.