BENEFITING: Gabriel's Angels
Gabriel's Angels reaches over 13,000 abused, neglected and at risk children here in AZ each year. Yeah...I remember what I thought when I first heard about them....taking dogs to visit kids that are in bad situations....big deal..right? How is that going to make a long term difference? Then I watched and listened...their program has highly trained volunteer pet therapy teams that dedicate WEEKLY visits to the same facilities. Their approach is very scientific and each session is goal oriented using the human-animal bond to teach core social skills like trust, love and empathy. Petting or hugging a dog could be the very first time a child experiences unconditional love. Once we really understood what Gabriel's Angels does in our community we were hooked!