BENEFITING: Gabriel's Angels
Gabriel's Angels is the only program in Arizona that delivers healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children. Our short term goal is to instill in children an overall emotional sense of well-being, safety and happiness. Long term aspiration is to help children learn core social skills that will prevent them from continuing the cycle of violence as adults.
Presently we provide pet therapy services to over 118 agencies and serve 13,700 children annually through nearly 175 Pet Therapy Teams. Our services are provided free of charge to the agency and the children. Gabriel's Angels pet therapy services are provided by volunteer Pet Therapy Teams, usually consisting of a companion dog and owner. Teams visit each participating agency on a consistent schedule to build trust, empathy and respect in the children.