Operation Therapy - Mission Statement
Our charity, Operation Therapy, exists to not only pioneer new care and training techniques for therapy animals but also to document these techniques and share them with others free of charge for the betterment of all people and animals in the therapy community. When animals are ready for therapy work we also assist to organize meaningful work in local communities with a special focus toward children, veterans and the elderly.
We are a charity of experienced animal trainers at pet, therapy and service levels. Our goal is to provide therapy services for the entire community with safe, healthy and fully trained animals. In order to provide these services, it is essential to spend thousands of hours caring and training these animals.
Over the years we have realized the lack of information available for the proper care and training of therapy animals available. There is conflicting advice on the internet about both care and training. Much of it is harmful to the animals or ineffective forms of training. For this reason our foundation has to be constant evaluation of these various techniques and development of a set of “best practices” for care and training of therapy animals. There is an urgent need for this in the therapy miniature horse world where much of the advice on feeding and care is based on a scaled down version of large horse practices but prove to be dangerously unhealthy for miniature horse owners.
We also realize that raising therapy animals is extremely expensive. Improper feeding can lead to thousands of dollars in extra veterinary care annually while simultaneously shortening an animals lifespan. Animals expected to live outside in colder climates need special care if they are also expected to work inside where it is warm. There are hundreds of considerations to address and all mistakes are expensive, often in the thousands of dollars. For this reason we share all of our experience and results with anyone who wants learn. We do this at no cost.
Besides our in-house training we also work with other members of the local community to train their animals to become therapy certified. When training is complete we organize volunteer work for the animals and handlers to visit children, veterans and the elderly. We also work with local schools and extended education programs to teach proper care and training for therapy animals. We focus on mostly miniature horses and dogs for these programs. Some of the star students can become handlers for our animals and assist or even lead therapy visits.