Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado

We need your support to increase our capacity and increase the number of clients we will serve in 2022. Since the COVID crisis, our waitlist has more than tripled! Your support will allow us to help even more people, rescue more animals and help improve mental health in our communities.

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Capital Campaign

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Animals
Children (4-12 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

In July 2018 AATPC moved to its new 3-acre ranch in Arvada, CO. But we don't own the property! Our goal is to fully purchase the new property so that this can be AATPC's permanent home. We also have dreams of building a beautiful new barn and indoor arena so that we can rescue more animals and have more counseling spaces above to see more clients.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Capital Campaign is new and is intended to help the agency increase its services.

Mazey's Dream Low Fee Client Program

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Animals
Crime/ Abuse Victims
Crime/Abuse Victims
Military/Veterans

Description

Clients or families with annual incomes less than $40,000 qualify for Mazey's Dream Low-Fee Program and pay as low as $15 per session. 64% of AATPC's clients are low-income or uninsured and receive some form of subsidized counseling services thanks to our donors.

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Evidence of Program's Success

A recent study using statistical results of pre-treatment and follow-up assessments with clients who participate in AATPC's animal assisted programs demonstrated a decrease in symptoms of depression and behavioral concerns. 87% of clients reported that the inclusion of animals in their sessions were very beneficial to their treatment.

"I don't know what I would have done without this program. I didn't have money to pay for counseling but AATPC let me pay $15 for my son to see a great counselor and work with all their animals. He has problems with anger and aggression, but he's been learning how to be calm and patient around the animals and his counselor is giving him tools to use at home. I have a lot of hope for our family" (Mary - mom of 12-year old client).

Small Animal Sponsorship

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
Animals

Description

Your contribution guarantees nutritious food for all our rabbits, guinea pigs, and rats for one month.

BENEFITS:
Beautiful 8x10 photo of your adopted animal
Animal Adoption Certificate including your animal's story
Listing on the AATPC website as part of the Small Animal Adoptive Family
Monthly email of your animal's therapy contribution

Maggie - rabbit
K.C. - rabbit
Rosie - skinny pig
Snickers - guinea pig
S'mores - guinea pig
Rollo - guinea pig
Peanut - rat
Butter - rat

$120/year (or $10/month for 12 months)

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our smaller animals are all rescued! They include Our rabbits, guinea pigs and rats. The smaller animals are very popular among our younger clients, especially those children who have been harmed by adults in the past. Through working with the small animals clients learn gentleness and kindness and trust. Friendship with a small animal teaches these clients about patience and acceptance and seeing beyond the surface and finding the meaning of true friendship. Our goal is to help our clients learn from their relationships with these small creatures how to experience self-acceptance and respect, and to create positive relationships with humans.

Medium Animal Sponsorship

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals

Description

Be a sponsor of one of our amazing, rescued therapy cats at Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch. Your contribution covers the cost of one annual vet visit and the prescription food for your cat.

CATS
Dr. Sigmund (our 3-legged boy wonder and client greeter)
Clementine (our PTSD cat)
Neville (FIV+)
Smoke (FIV+ & Kidney Disease)
Oliver (FIV+)
Fred (FIV+)

$300/year (or $25/month for 12 months)

BENEFITS:
Beautiful 8x10 photo of your adopted animal
Animal Adoption Certificate including your animal's story
Listing on the AATPC website as part of the Medium Animal Adoptive Family
Feature in one AATPC Monthly E-Newsletter
Monthly email of your animal's therapy contribution

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Evidence of Program's Success

While people don't usually think of cats as therapy animals, they are among the favorites at AATPC. Our cat Sigmund had his front leg amputated as a kitten, Clementine demonstrates for clients her symptoms of PTSD after living in a cat hoarders' home. The four "boys" live together because they are FIV+, a disease that is communicable only to other cats, but compromises their immune system. They are difficult to adopt as a result. But we knew we could give them a great home where they could be together and make lots of amazing human friends.

Our cats all have very different personalities. One of the favorites of our clients with anxiety is Oliver who lived on the streets before he was rescued. Clients need to be very patient with Oliver and over time demonstrate the best qualities of trust and friendship - then he will reward them with a beautiful purr. Fred is our talkative boy, who also loves to walk the ranch on his leash. Neville has a sweet nature but likes a little distance. And Oliver is our oldest boy who is at least 13 and also has kidney disease. Some of our clients help us take care of Oliver when we give him his daily IV fluids. So there's a cat for every client and every mental health need!

Large Animal Sponsorship

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals

Description

Be a sponsor of one of the following therapy animals at Barking C.A.A.T. Ranch. Your contribution guarantees hay and grain and warmth for one month for one of our horses, alpacas or goats.

GOATS
Duncan
Dahlia
Wally
Lilly

ALPACAS
Kronk
Kusco

HORSES
Hawk
Misty (mini)
Batman (mini)

$900/year (or $75/month for 12 months)

BENEFITS:
Beautiful 8x10 photo of adopted animal
Animal Adoption Certificate including your animal's story
Listing on the AATPC website as part of the Large Animal Adoptive Family
Monthly email of your animal's therapy contribution
Feature in AATPC's Monthly E-Newsletter
Private tour of our facility and the opportunity to meet your sponsored animal, and all our other therapy animals (up to 1 hour & 6 people)

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our two pygmy goats, Duncan and Dahlia has lived their entire lives together and you could say they are a "pair". Even though they spend much of the day apart they enjoy each other's company and get together each evening for a safe snuggle in their goat house. When we moved to our new ranch, we inherited the 15-year old Danny. He has cancer and his owners didn't think he would survive the cross-country trip. So we adopted him and are so happy he's part of the herd. He is now Dahlia's buddy and they happily goat wrestle throughout the day.

The goat's provide AATPC's silliness. For clients who have had years of depression or anxiety, to find they can still laugh at the goat's antics can be the first sign of life hidden deep inside them. Clients can also teach the goats tricks, and get them to go through our obstacle course (watching a goat go through the tunnel is really fun!). The goats help teach presence, mindfulness, humor, planning, nonverbal communication, and so much more!

Our alpacas are new to our program and we are learning to earn their trust. As prey animals they are very cautious, but curious. So clients must take their time to make friends. And we have a new horse, Hawk, just 2 years old who is very gentle and kind. We are looking forward to lots of horsey hugs and walks around the beautiful pasture where clients will learn to be congruent and honest.

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