Animal Assisted Therapy Program
ODCA is looking to start an alternative animal assisted therapy (AAT) program in the Tampa Bay area. The program will use animal ambassadors to include a marine touch tank and other unique species, such as a skunk to help children in a therapeutic setting. AAT utilizing canines has been proven extremely effective for children with emotional behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities, and other learning disabilities, but many children have allergies. By using the unique species, we are able to avoid the allergens, and maximize the therapeutic impact through the novelty of animals the children would not likely otherwise get to interact with.