Donkey Therapy USA

Donkey Therapy Arizona
Painted Promise Ranch, Wittmann, Arizona

Donkey Therapy USA  

Research has shown that spending time with donkeys has enormous therapeutic benefits. For children with disabilities, riding therapy donkeys provides a unique opportunity to improve their strength and coordination as well as boosting their confidence and self-esteem.

Donkeys are naturally calm animals. Their slow and steady presence gives a feeling of security and comfort to the poorly, the elderly and those feeling vulnerable or suffering from emotional difficulties.

Touching, grooming and cuddling donkeys is a great social facilitator, allowing people to relax and feel a sense of nurturing and connection. 

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DONKEY THERAPY in the USA

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Pet Partners Nationwide. Pet Partners is the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing Animal-Assisted Interactions. With the highest caliber curriculum in the industry, Pet Partners trains volunteers and evaluates them with their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, veterans’ centers, hospice, Alzheimer’s facilities, courtrooms, schools and other settings. 

Donkey Therapy Arizona
Painted Promise Ranch, Wittmann, Arizona

DONKEY THERAPY in ARIZONA

Painted Promise Ranch Wittmann. Rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary for miniature horses and donkeys. Adoption programme and therapy animals, helping seniors and memory care residents.

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DONKEY THERAPY in COLORADO

Hearts and Horses Loveland.

equine assisted therapy ColoradoHorse riding for children with a wide range of disabilities, provided by PATH Intl. Certified therapeutic riding instructors. Equine-assisted therapy, hippotherapy, workshops and therapeutic programmes for individuals and groups.  

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Piper the Therapy Donkey

DONKEY THERAPY in FLORIDA

Piper The Therapy Donkey Piper is a Miniature rescue donkey who is fully trained as a therapy donkey, registered with Pet Partners. She visits hospitals, retirement homes, hospice centers, schools and many other places, bringing compassion and reassurance to those to need it most, brightening people’s days and making them laugh and smile. Manatee and Sarasota Counties. 

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DONKEY THERAPY in MASSACHUSETTS

Latham Centers Cape Cod. Founded in 1970 to provide residential care, education, and treatment for children ages 8–22. Donkey therapy for intellectually disabled girls and boys with special needs as well as children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Massachusetts & New York. 

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M&MS Farms, Williamston

DONKEY THERAPY in MICHIGAN

M&MS Farms Williamston. Therapeutic activities with donkeys, on the farm or at your location, designed to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and stress, and build self-confidence by being around, touching, stroking and handling a donkey.

Donkeys available for special education classes, nursing homes, hospitals and families. Consultations for therapists, educators and those purchasing a donkey or horse for emotional support or physical assistance. Individually tailored packages and full training provided. 

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Equine Spirit Sanctuary, New Mexico

DONKEY THERAPY in NEW MEXICO

Equine Spirit Sanctuary Ranchos de Taos. Horses Helping Kids program including therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning for children with special needs. 

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Thera-Pets, Butternut Ridge Donkey Farm, Peru, NY

DONKEY THERAPY in NEW YORK

Thera-Pets, Butternut Ridge Donkey Farm Peru. 

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Therapy visits at facilities or on site at Butternut Ridge Farm, in Peru, N.Y. catering for disabilities such as Autism, MS, CP, TBI and grieving children. Groups are tailored to the individual’s needs and abilities. 


Little Brays of Sunshine Hudson Valley. Therapy donkeys and donkey ambassadors visiting nursing homes, schools, fairs, etc. Owned by Steve Stiert who also runs walks and hikes with donkeys. 

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DONKEY THERAPY in OREGON

The Caring Place Donkey Sanctuary Creswell. 

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Sanctuary promoting ‘The Way of the Donkey’ as an approach to foster the positive empowerment of children and teens. Developing, implementing and evaluating a variety of donkey-assisted life therapy and coaching activities. An approach they call Donkey Enabled Empowerment And Wisdom, or Donkey EEAW! ™ 

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DONKEY THERAPY in PENNSYLVANIA

Youngs Funny Farm Berwick. Hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, group homes, special needs centers, schools, pre-school, camps, churches and community groups. 

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Peaceful Valley Therapy Donkey

DONKEY THERAPY in TEXAS

Peaceful Valley Therapy Donkey San Angelo. Therapy Donkey is a subsidiary of the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, a certified non-profit organization. Fully insured and expertly trained donkeys chosen for their gentle temperament. 


Lewis the Therapy Donkey Central Texas. Lewis is a Pet Partners registered miniature therapy donkey who makes regular visits to care homes, libraries, schools and hospitals. He is also available for family celebrations, Palm Sunday and Christmas events. Lewis, a little donkey with a big heart, is the star of the Mr. Lewis series of children’s books, written by his owner Kim Sullivan, a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern with extra training in Animal Assisted Therapy. 


ASSISTED THERAPY ORGANISATIONS USA

PATH INTERNATIONAL Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International: global authority, resource and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies. 

AMERICAN HIPPOTHERAPY ASSOCIATION

ANIMAL-ASSISTED COUNSELING ACADEMY

CENTER FOR HUMAN ANIMAL INTERVENTIONS

THE CHILDREN’S THERAPLAY FOUNDATION

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