Do you know that there are many people who spend every day looking forward to communicating with dogs?
People who live in institutions such as nursing homes, often suffer from a build-up of stress and a feeling of loneliness. Of course the staff there do their best to offer a good care, however, sometimes it is not enough to comfort them.
When these people spend time with dogs, those animals soothe and ease the mind, bringing out a smile from the people. People with physical disabilities or restricted movements try to move close to a dog too. They are often so touched as to shed a tear. Among those who have experienced the time with these dogs, some say “I’m truly looking forward to seeing the dog again,” and spend their days waiting for the next meeting.
In order to offer this healing contact with dogs to the many people who eagerly await it, in November 2009, we acquired the authentication from Japanese government to found JATA (Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Animal Therapy Association). It is run thanks to the cooperation of all our members, and we endeavor to spread animal therapy work throughout the country and the world.
If you support our objectives, perhaps you would like to help with the Animal Therapy Association’s work? You can offer your own pet dog to participate as a therapy dog in these activities.
You can help in a number of ways, from giving donations, volunteering to take part in therapy works, or notifying those who may be interested in these activities. If we all work together, we can believe that it is possible to “provide contact with therapy dogs to all those who desire it.”
People who love dogs and willing to share that healing power with many other people. People who would like to build a bridge that links the hearts of people and dogs.
If you would like to register as a member and help with our work, we would be delighted.