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Animal-Assisted Interaction (AAI) Direct Services

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AAI direct services provide individual and group programming to accomplish social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual wellbeing objectives.   Services are offered on-site or at other appropriate facilities in the Twin Cities metro area.

We strive to maintain best practices in all we do in our AAI services.  This includes guidelines and policies set forth by two internationally recognized organizations - PATH International and Pet Partners.

Our animal partners currently include horses, dogs and chickens.  When appropriate, we also work with donkeys, llamas, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs. 

Examples of AAI services include:

  • Horses: grooming, leading, training, and assisted/adaptive riding.
  • Dogs: literacy development with R.E.A.D. Dogs MN, training, walking, play.
  • Chickens: observation and training, relaxation exercises, husbandry.

We work with the following examples of individuals and groups to provide AAI services:

Schools: Including focused areas, such as preschools, Head Start, special education, charter schools, and homeschool networks.

Youth-based organizations and services: community mental health centers, hospitals, corrections, chemical health, group homes/residential treatment facilities, eating disorders clinics, and mentoring organizations (Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Girl Scouts).

Adult-based organizations and services: community mental health centers, hospitals, corrections, chemical health, group homes/residential treatment facilities, eating disorders clinics, senior care facilities, dementia care facilities, veteran-specific organizations and services, family support services, and workforce development.

For further information, please contact Tanya Bailey, MSW, LICSW.