BENEFITING: SoulPaws Recovery Project, Inc.
Our Mission: To Inspire Change Through the Healing Power of the Human-Animal Connection
About SoulPaws Recovery Project:
SoulPaws, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, offers unique and evidence-based animal-assisted therapy experiences designed for people impacted by eating disorders and other mental health issues. With every workshop, SoulPaws aims to decrease shame, increase compassion, and inspire courage.
SoulPaws utilizes a variety of therapy animals, including dogs, miniature horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and more. Offered in-person and online, our workshops are led by SoulPaws trained facilitators. Each workshop involves group and one-on-one interactions with therapy animals, journaling on recovery-oriented topics, and optional sharing.
Studies show that time spent with animals not only improves our physical health, but our mental and emotional well-being. Animals can help us to access a place of inner-wisdom inside. In simply being themselves, SoulPaws therapy animals serve as guides to compassion, mindfulness, and emotional vulnerability. Their nonjudgemental nature helps to create an environment for open-hearted truth-telling. Their ability to live in the present moment increases a sense of calm and self-awareness in participants. Each workshop is an opportunity for participants to experience the many benefits of animal-assisted therapy, and to learn tools that will benefit them in overcoming any mental health issue.
Why We Need Your Help!
We'd like to expand and offer our workshops in cities across the country, but first, we need funds to create an online training course for facilitators. We'd also like to expand our programming to address other mental health issues. Funds will be used to develop trainings and curriculum. They will also be used to provide supplies to participants (journals) and our animals (food, treats, towels, toys etc.) SoulPaws currently works with rescue animals, therapy animals (dogs, puppies, miniature horses, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, birds), and service dogs.
By creating a free and easily accessible therapeutic community, SoulPaws directly combats the shame and secrecy so inherent in anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and OSFED. Donations are tax-deductible!