Donkey Therapy USA

Donkey Therapy Arizona
Painted Promise Ranch, Wittmann, Arizona

DONKEY ASSISTED THERAPY  

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 in ARIZONA

Donkey Therapy Arizona
Painted Promise Ranch, Wittmann, 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 FLORIDA

Piper the Therapy Donkey

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. Email: piperthetherapydonkey@yahoo.com

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DONKEY THERAPY in MASSACHUSETTS

Latham Centers Cape Cod. Latham Centers was 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. Email: info@lathamcenters.org

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DONKEY THERAPY in MICHIGAN

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M&MS Farms, Williamston

M&MS Farms Williamston. M&MS Farms offer various therapeutic activities with donkeys, on the farm or at your location. Personal packages are designed to make daily life easier by lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety and stress, and building self-confidence, by being around, touching, stroking and handling a donkey.

Therapy donkeys are available for special education classes, nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, long term care facilities, day programs for children and adults with special needs, shelters, elder care programs, and individual families.  

Other services include consultations for therapists, counselors and educators, who are looking for new ways to help their clients, and purchasing a donkey or horse as a helpmate for emotional support or physical assistance. Packages tailored to individual needs and full training provided. Email: sue@mmsfarms.com

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DONKEY THERAPY in NEW YORK

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

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. Email: therapets@yahoo.com


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. Email: steve@donkeypark.org

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DONKEY THERAPY in OREGON

The Caring Place Donkey Sanctuary Creswell. 

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The Caring Place Donkey Sanctuary pomotes ‘The Way of the Donkey’ as an approach to foster the positive empowerment of children and teens. It develops, implements, and evaluates a variety of donkey assisted life therapy and coaching activities. An approach they call Donkey Enabled Empowerment And Wisdom or Donkey EEAW! ™ Email: info@donkeyeeaw.org

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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. Email: info@youngsfunnyfarm.org

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DONKEY THERAPY in TEXAS

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Peaceful Valley Therapy Donkey

Peaceful Valley Therapy Donkey Angelo. Therapy Donkey is a subsidiary of the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue. PVDR is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Fully insured and expertly trained donkeys chosen for their gentle temperament. Email: info@pvdr.org

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ASSISTED THERAPY ORGANISATIONS in the USA

CENTER FOR HUMAN ANIMAL INTERVENTIONS Oakland University, Michigan Tel: (248) 370-4253 Email: nrsinfo@oakland.edu


ANIMAL-ASSISTED COUNSELLING ACADEMY Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas Tel: 512-245-3757 Email: aac_academy@txstate.edu

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