Donkey Therapy

Donkey Therapy
Donkey Therapy Photo: Mike’s Donkeys

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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united-kingdom

DONKEY THERAPY in the UK

The Donkey Sanctuary Assisted Therapy Centre 

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Donkey assisted therapy for children and adults with additional needs and therapeutic visits to care homes in the local community from centres in Belfast, Birmingham, Ivybridge, Leeds, Manchester and Sidmouth. The donkeys prove to be a great stimulation and provide valuable assisted therapy to residents. 


DONKEY THERAPY in SOUTH EAST ENGLAND

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

donkeysanc_logo_2015-page-0Donkeys are a great source of stimulation and provide comfort and calmness to people who take part in therapy sessions. Our donkeys have worked with people who have been struck down with a variety of illnesses including strokes, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease and dementia. Donkeys love the attention they get from these visits and this is very much a two-way therapy! Email: info@iowdonkeysanctuary.org Tel: 01983 852693


Hayling Island Donkeys Gentle, patient, calming and therapeutic donkeys available for visits to nursing homes. Email: enquiries@haylingislanddonkeys.co.uk Tel: 023 92465640

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DONKEY THERAPY in SOUTH WEST ENGLAND

Danny Donkey & Pals Specially trained donkeys available to visit schools, hospitals, hospices and care homes. Based in Somerset but able to travel throughout the UK to interact with children and adults with disabilities & special needs, those who are ill and the elderly. These gentle and friendly donkeys are trained to go into wards and bedrooms so even bedridden people can meet, stroke and feed them and they rarely fail to raise a smile. Tel: 07813 165755 Email: enquiries@donkeyassistedtherapy.co.uk


Weymouth Donkeys Donkeys available for therapeutic visits to schools, private homes, churches and residential homes. The donkeys bring many benefits and some unexpected results from patients: some smile, speak or come out of their room when they don’t usually. Email: info@weymouthdonkeys.co.uk

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DONKEY THERAPY in WALES

Dyfi Donkeys An EAQ approved centre based in Machynlleth, Powys, offering donkey assisted learning for children and adults with learning, emotional or mental difficulties. Sessions take a Person Centred Approach and are overseen by a trained facilitator. Interactions are encouraged between participants and donkeys in an open environment, often with the donkeys roaming free where both parties can choose whether to be involved or not. Every interaction with the donkeys will offer something valuable to the learner. 


Mike’s Donkeys 

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For those who are light enough to ride the donkeys, riding has many physical benefits, including improving balance, co-ordination and strength. Therapy sessions are adapted to suite the rider’s needs. Based in Wales but services provided across the UK. Tel: Mike: 07779 692092 / Kelly: 07813 165755 Email: mike@mikesdonkeys.co.uk

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france

DONKEY THERAPY in FRANCE (Asinothérapie)

Ballade adaptée Handiane
Ballade adaptée, Handiane

Fédération Handiane France 

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L’association Handiane développe des équipements équestres adaptés pour des enfants en situation de handicap / Makers of specially adapted donkey riding saddles, providing access to nature for children with disabilities at centres across France. Tel: +33 4 66 80 34 69


DONKEY THERAPY in NORD-DE-PAS-DE-CALAIS

Handiane Nord Une ferme pédagogique avec des ânes, des autres animaux. Parcours d’asinotherapie et balade avec des personnes handicapées (nous possédons une selle pour enfant poly handicapé).

An educational farm with donkeys and other animals. They offer donkey therapy and donkey rides for children with multiple disabilities, with specially adapted saddles. 

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DONKEY THERAPY in NORMANDIE

Les Ânes de Gerval
Les Ânes de Gerval

Les Ânes de Gerval La Hallotière. L’Âne-Feel est une approche ludique permettant de mettre en valeur sa complicité avec un âne. A pieds, vous mener l’âne en main et choisissez des niveaux de difficultés matérialisées par des objets ou des agencements divers, naturels ou artificiels. Ces temps d’échanges s’adressent aussi bien aux enfants, qu’aux adolescents, adultes et seniors. Email: anesdegerval@orange.fr Tel: 06.37.97.96.77 


Piân’Piâne Saint-Vigor d’Ymonville

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DONKEY THERAPY in BRETAGNE

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Les Ânes de Min Guen, Côtes d’Armor

Les Ânes de Min Guen, Côtes d’Armor Tailor-made donkey therapy sessions for individuals or small groups, lasting 1 -2 hours, including supervision by members of the healthcare team. 

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DONKEY THERAPY in ILE-DE-FRANCE

Ânes en Ville, Maisons-Alfort

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Travail réalisable en médiation par l’animal: Stimulation du langage, Travail sur la mémoire, Mobilisation du gestuel, Stimulation des fonctions exécutives et Travail des sens. 


L’Ânerie Bacotte, Bois-le-Roi Mediation with a donkey allows people in difficulty to create an emotional bond with a particularly calm, gentle and tolerant animal. The donkey has an incredible relational capacity which is used especially in mediation. This service is for people with mental, physical or social disabilities, children and adults. We work in nursing homes, medico-educational institutes, specialized centers, schools, leisure centers, etc. 

The Randoline is a tricycle vehicle capable of traveling most of the hiking trails, making them accessible to people with reduced mobility. Tel: 06 03 32 38 66 Email: anerie.bacotte@gmail.com


Ânes en Vexin Organisation de ½ journées ou journées complètes à la demande. Customised donkey therapy sessions, half or full days. Tel: 06 08 28 02 15

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DONKEY THERAPY in PAYS DE LA LOIRE

Activités Assistées par l'Âne
Association Brin d’Amour

Association Brin d’Amour, Le May-Sur-Èvre

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Activités à visée thérapeutique pour des adultes ou des enfants, ayant des difficultés psychoaffectives ou relationnelles ou encore des personnes en situation de handicap physique ou mental. 

Therapeutic activities for adults or children with psycho-affective or behavioural disorders, or physical or mental disabilities.  


Ligéri’âne, Maine-et-Loire Approche de l’ane (contact, brossage, soins, portage, balade aux côtés de l’âne non bâté), réservé de préférence à des personnes en situation de handicap (groupe enfants / ados / adultes / de 3 à 4 personnes minimum) mais ouvert également aux familles accompagnées de plusieurs enfants.

Donkey Therapy (contact, brushing, caring, sitting on or strolling with the donkey) for people with disabilities (children / teenagers / adults / small groups / families with several children. Tel: 06.24.51.71.59 Email: nicole.ligeriane@gmail.com

La Cabane Rose Donkey Therapy
La CabÂne Rose, Restigné

La CabÂne Rose, Restigné La Cabane RoseAccueillir des personnes fragilisées, âgées, en souffrance ou en situation de handicap, pour vivre des temps de rencontre avec nos ânes et avancer ensemble vers un chemin de bien-être. Activities with donkeys for the vulnerable, elderly and suffering and those with disabilities, with the aim of improving wellbeing. Email: contact@lacabanerose.fr Tel: +33 6 62 82 41 20


Les Ânes de Balaam, Touraine Animal assisted therapy for all ages. Parents, education professionals and nurses don’t need to hold any special qualifications, just a love of animals.  

Tout public de tout âge et pour les référents (parent, éducateur spécialisé, infirmière…) aucune compétence particulière est requise sinon celle d’avoir une sympathie pour les animaux.

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DONKEY THERAPY in CENTRE LIMOUSIN POITOU-CHARENTES

Dep’Âne, Rosnay Interventions auprès de publics en situation de handicap. Handiane Indre pour permettre l’acquisition d’un matériel spécifique qui nous sera mis à disposition pour que des enfants et des adultes limités dans leur capacité de déplacement puissent avoir la même accessibilité à la Nature. 


La Ferme de Rosny, Bourgogne La médiation asine (médiation avec un âne) est un outil permettant à chacun qu’il soit en situation de handicap ou non, de se relier à lui-même ou au monde extérieur. Therapeutic contact with the donkeys, grooming, cuddling, walking and riding for children. 

Donkey Therapy Sud-Charente
Corps et Ânes

Corps et Ânes, Sud-Charente Vous pouvez pratiquer les jeux avec les ânes dans la grange aménagée et accessible aux fauteuils roulants, à l’abri des caprices de la météo, à toutes les saisons, les bénévoles de l’association sont à votre disposition pour vous permettre de vous approcher des ânes en toute sécurité.

Organised games with the donkeys, accessible to wheelchairs and sheltered from the weather. Volunteers are available all year round to help you spend time with the donkeys in complete safety.  


Les Ânes d’Oléron, Cheray, Charente-Maritime Médiation par l’âne. Les personnes souffrant d’un handicap apprendront à approcher l’animal, à le connaître tant sur le plan physique que sur le plan comportemental. Des activités ludiques sont mises en place au fur et à mesure des semaines. A chaque fin de cycle (10 séances) nous organisons, selon le groupe, une petite randonnée, en attelage ou à pied avec les ânes. Tel: 06.81.60.29.83

Donkey Therapy sessions where those with disabilities learn to approach and get to know the donkey and take part in fun activities over 10 sessions. At each end of the cycle there is a small hike, riding in a carriage or on walking with the donkeys. 


DONKEY THERAPY in RHÔNE-ALPES AUVERGNE

Les Ânes éMoi, Choisy, Haute-Auvergne Des ateliers de médiation adaptés selon les besoins de la personne fragilisée par une problématique psychologique, sociale, par un handicap. Ces ateliers favorisent la détente, le bien-être, la communication, l’éveil, le positionnement, la motricité, la valorisation d’enfants, d’adolescents et d’adultes. 

Meet the Donkey therapeutic workshops in a natural setting, tailored to the needs of people with psychological, social or physical disabilities. Promoting relaxation, wellbeing, communication, awareness and motor skills for children, adolescents and adults. 

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DONKEY THERAPY in MIDI-PYRÉNÉES LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILON

A​sinerie des Corbières, Fontjoncouse 

Asinerie des CorbieresHandiane permet la randonnée à dos d’ âne aux enfants en situation de handicap moteur, mental et visuel. Les enfants peuvent ainsi découvrir la nature, la faune, la flore et le patrimoine de la région. 

Handiane centre offering therapeutic activities for children with disabilities. Specially adapted saddles allow children to safely ride donkeys and enjoy the region’s natural beauty.


La Ferme aux Anes à Tordères Handiane centre offering therapeutic activities for children with disabilities, with specially adapted saddles. Adults and families can spend time with the donkeys and feel calmer and more confident. 


Sherp’ânes, La Vacquerie Randonnées avec la selle spéciale pour enfants handicapés de Handiane. Handiane centre offering donkey rides for children with disabilities with specially adapted saddles.  


Switzerland

DONKEY THERAPY in SWITZERLAND (Asinothérapie)

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Centre Romand d’Asinotherapie et Mediation par l’Animal, Servion

Centre Romand d’Asinotherapie et Mediation par l’Animal, Servion

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Nous proposons des accompagnements thérapeutiques individuels ou en petits groupes avec des ânes miniatures dans notre centre situé à Servion et en déplacement en Suisse romande.  

Therapeutic individual or small group treatments with miniature donkeys in Servion and across French-speaking Switzerland and visits to schools, medical centers, institutions and hospitals.

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italy

DONKEY THERAPY in ITALY (Attività Assistita con gli Asini)

Associazione I Sommari
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Associazione I Sommari 

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“I Sommari” è un’associazione che promuove l’ASINO come mezzo di comunicazione con il territorio, attraverso il cammino someggiato e le attività didattico-ricreative e di mediazione con l’asino stesso.


La Citta Degli Asini (The City of Donkeys), Polverara, Padua, Veneto Assisted therapy and education with donkeys, for children and adults with additional needs.


Asinichevolano Centro Ricreativo Educativo, Loreto Aprutino, Abruzzo

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Educational and recreational enrichment programs for children, including petting, brushing and cuddling donkeys, interactive activities, thematic workshops, story telling and acting. 


Ragli e Nitriti, Messina, Sicily Attività e Terapie con Asini e Cavalli. Onotherapy (assisted therapy with donkeys), teaching and workshops.

Asini si nasce e io lo nakkui, Gallura, Sardinia
Asini si nasce e io lo nakkui, Gallura, Sardinia

Asini si nasce e io lo nakkui, Gallura, Sardinia 

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Associazione culturale e di promozione sociale, tutela e valorizzazione dell’asino. Attività Assistita con gli Asini (secondo le Linee Guida CRN IAA e in conformità all’accordo Stato Regioni marzo 2015), con finalità di tipo ludico-ricreative e di socializzazione, attraverso la quale si promuove il miglioramento delle qualità della vita e la corretta interazione uomo-animale. Email: asinisinascegallura@gmail.com

Asineria Sociale
Asineria Sociale, Faenza

Fattoria Didattica ed Asineria Sociale, Faenza, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna Alleviamo e addestriamo gli asini con cui lavoriamo negli Interventi Assistiti con Animali. Breeding and training of to work in Animal Assisted Interventions and development of the human-animal relationship to foster respect, trust and cooperation. Tel: (+39) 0546 47155 Email: fattoria@mielelombardi.it

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Associazione di Zampamano, Nave, Lombardy

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Nature and Wellbing activities with donkeys for young people and families, which help promote positive relationships and respect for the environment and for animals. Located at Via Castrino, Nave. On certain days of the year, volunteers open up the centre. Open from 25th March 2017 on Saturdays from 10am to 12.30pm. Please contact before visiting. Organised events coming soon. Tel: 339 2056343 Email: associazione@zampamano.it


Associazione Asino a Chi, Ceppiaano, Pisa Educational activities, assisted therapy, summer camps for children, pet therapy and onotherapy courses in collaboration with La Serra educational farm.


Fattoria Didattica La Serra, Toscana, Crespina The Educational Farm La Serra is situated in Tuscany, near to Pisa and Livorno. Workshops and educational courses, involving children in different activities that allow them to develop their sensory pathways and learn through direct observation and manipulation. 

La Fattoria Didattica La Serra ti dá il benvenuto. Noi che viviamo qui siamo innamorati dei nostri boschi, dei prati, dei campi e vorremmo condividere con voi la spettacolarità della natura che ci circonda. 

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spain

DONKEY THERAPY in SPAIN (Terapia de burro)

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L’Unicorn, granja inclusiva, Barcelona

L’Unicorn, granja inclusiva, Barcelona Intervencions educatives i terapèutiques amb rucs i altres animals que viuen en manada i semi-llibertat. 

L’Unicorn is an inclusive farm where we provide educational and therapeutic donkey-assisted activites for people with disabilities and special needs. Specialized in special educational needs, autism, and coaching. Website coming soon or visit the Facebook page. Email: info@lunicorn.cat

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portugal

DONKEY THERAPY in PORTUGAL (Terapia de burro)

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DonkEyMOTION

DonkEyMOTION Vacations, theme weeks and other fun activities in southern Portugal, close to the beautiful beaches. Coaching with donkeys, personal development holidays, hiking, sight-seeing and other activities. A six-day stay at a Quinta with 3 or 4 other people who have chosen the same theme as you: walking, personal development in a holiday atmosphere or a week centred around the animals. Barão São João Tel: +351 966 17 06 09 Email: info@donkeymotion.com

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germany

DONKEY THERAPY in GERMANY (Esel-Therapie)

Staff Horster, Mellinghausen, Diepholz, Lower Saxony Assisted Animal Intervention activities, camping and hiking with donkeys, goat milking, cheese making and just relaxing with the animals. German sign language offered.

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Educational Donkey Center, Langsur-Metzdorf Donkey Assisted Therapy for Autistic children, ADHD and ADD children, traumatized children and elderly people with or without dementia. Perception, confidence and leadership exercises children and adults. Working in cooperation with the German Society for Alternative Medicine DGAM (www.dgam.de).

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belgium

DONKEY THERAPY in BELGIUM (Esel-Therapie)

De Kampenhoeve STER vzw is een snelgroeiend ezel-en paardencentrum te Kampenhout, Vlaams-Brabant, dat zich specifiek richt tot kinderen en volwassenen met een mentale en/of fysieke beperking. Door middel van aangepaste inzet van deze dieren wordt op maat een programma uitgewerkt dat varieert van pure ontspanning (vb wandelen, borstelen, …) tot het uitvoeren van speelse opdrachten voor o.a. de verbetering van de motoriek, coordinatie, zelfvertrouwen, etc.

De Kampenhoeve STER non-profit organisation is a fast growing donkey and horse centre in Kampenhout, Vlaams-Brabant, which specifically focuses on children and adults with mental and / or physical disabilities. Tailored prorgrams, ranging from pure relaxation (e.g. walking or brushing) to playful assignments for the improvement of motor skills, coordination and self-confidence. Kampenhoutsevoetweg 1, 1910 Berg. Cell +32 (0) 478 88 01 19, Email: info@kampenhoeve.com

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the-netherlands

DONKEY THERAPY in THE NETHERLANDS (Coaching met ezels)

MargometEzel, Ommen Therapeutic work with donkeys, on site or walking with donkeys. Margo Huggers works with children, children / adolescents with autism, people with assertiveness problems, those suffering from stress or burnout and those who want to get more in touch with themselves and their bodies. Tel: 0622049540, Email: margohuggers@gmail.com

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usa

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. Tel: 425-679-55004

DONKEY THERAPY in ARIZONA

Donkey Therapy Arizona
Painted Promise Ranch, Wittmann, Arizona

Painted Promise Ranch, Wittmann, Arizona 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, Florida 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, Massachusetts 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 and 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, New York 

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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, New York Therapy donkeys and donkey ambassadors visiting nursing homes, schools, fairs, etc. Owned by Steve Stiert who also runs walks and hikes with donkeys (See Donkey Hire). Email: steve@donkeypark.org

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DONKEY THERAPY in OREGON

The Caring Place Donkey Sanctuary, Creswell, Oregon 

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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, Pennsylvania 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, Texas 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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canada

DONKEY THERAPY in CANADA

Donkey Therapy Canada
Steep Hill Stable Enrichment Centre

DONKEY THERAPY in PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Steep Hill Stable Enrichment Charlottetown. Certified Skills Development & Wellness Centre/Equine Assisted Learning and Educational Facility. Dedicated to empowering clients through a hands on approach to skill building that parallels every day life. 

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australia

DONKEY THERAPY in AUSTRALIA

DONKEY THERAPY in the NORTHERN TERRITORY

Red Rocks Stud Humpty-Doo, Northern Territory Tel: +61 8 89760900

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ASSISTED THERAPY ORGANISATIONS  

ASSISSTED THERAPY ORGANISATIONS in EUROPE

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY Research and advancement of animal assisted therapy with emphasis on the promotion of the therapeutic, pedagogical and salutogenetic effects of the relationship between man and animal. ESAAT is the European umbrella organisation for animal assisted therapy. Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien, Veterinärplatz 1, A-1210 Wien Tel: +43/(0)1-25077-3340 Email: office(at)esaat.org


france

ASSISTED THERAPY ORGANISATIONS in FRANCE

MEDIÂNE L’Âne dans un travail de lien social. Médi’âne, Arthon-en-Retz, Loire-Atlantique Tel: +33 (0) 2 41 21 22 Email: contacts@mediane-europe.eu


usa

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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