Zebra for Therapy Work
Organized by: Kristina L Nicholas Anderson
Kristina L Nicholas Anderson via Crowdrise
November 06, 2015
We offer mental health treatment to those without insurance. We are trying to cater to the "working poor" (and others who fall through the cracks of our medical system) by offering sliding free scales between $20-$35 per individual therapy session with a licensed mental health clinician. We find many people in our geographic area either qualify for state-assisted/funded Medicaid insurance or have health insurance coverage through their employers but so many more fall between the cracks leaving them either uninsured or under-insured. We offer hope and treatment to those individuals. Additionally, we offer group therapy for as low at just $20 per session. In the past we were able to offer equine assisted psychotherapy and had the unique opportunity to integrate a zebra into that work. Unfortunately after just three years, that zebra died of colic following the loss of her pasture mate. We may now have the opportunity to adopt another baby zebra. This unexpected opportunity has come to us on the heals of our signing a year lease on a new office space which will allow us to conduct two new groups: a men's and an adolescent's Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) group in addition to the two women's DBT groups already nine months in progress.
To properly bond with this wild animal, we will need to complete bottle feedings every two hours and sleep outside with him for 6-8 months. We slept outdoors for a total of 8 months with the last zebra prior to her passing. We recently had the opportunity to adopt a two week old orphan, Larry, and were already bonding with him, sleeping with him, etc... but were unable to raise the funds quick enough to adopt him. We are committed to this work and need to be more proactive this time if we are to be successful. We are asking for your help. We want to raise the money so when we receive the call that a zebra foal has been orphaned, we will have the funds and will be ready to act. We want to be able to say we are financed and ready to receive that baby immediately.
With your help, we will raise the initial capital to bring a newborn zebra home and begin the crucial bonding that is necessary if it is to have any chance of being successful in working with patients in the future. We will bottle feed the baby for up to six months sleeping outside with it and modeling the same behavior it would receive from it's mother in the wild. These responsibilities will be shared with our herd of ponies who will mimic equine behavior so the zebra will also know it is an equine if it is to truly be successful in equine assisted psychotherapy one day.
We will be documenting this journey and look forward to sharing. Thank you for your support.