Animal-Assisted Therapy

Programs that help emotionally disturbed or isolated individuals by giving them an opportunity to interact with a domestic animal or horse in a variety of manners and settings.

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UT

Statewide

4050 South 2700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Phone: 801-272-3439
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4050 South 2700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Phone: 801-272-3439
Fax: 801-272-3470
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Email: info@therapyanimals.org
Wheelchair Access: Complete
Eligibility: Call or visit website for full description of eligibility requirements. Animal and owner/handler will be interviewed, assessed, trained, certified, and insured.
Services Provided:

Provides animal-assisted therapy in the areas of physical, occupational, speech, and psychotherapies, as well as special education. 

Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 8/11/2020

Alpine, UT

1141 East Watkins Lane
Alpine, UT 84004
Phone: 801-709-3339
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1141 East Watkins Lane
Alpine, UT 84004
Phone: 801-709-3339
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Eligibility: Young women between the ages of 12-25, women 26 years old and older who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or other similar mental or emotional challenges.
Services Provided: Provides equestrian training to assist young women in building confidence. Qualified girls can apply for a sponsorship to participate in their 13-week program by filling out an application at www.bridleuphope.org.
Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 6/27/2019

Eagle Mountain, UT

3688 East Campus Drive Suite 240
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005
Phone: 801-477-0532
Address:
3688 East Campus Drive Suite 240
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005
Phone: 801-477-0532
Fax: 801-623-4771
Eligibility: Anyone can receive services.
Services Provided: The Life Enhancement Center helps individuals achieve mental health and overcome addictions through advanced psychological techniques such as neurocounseling, dialectical behavior therapy, equine (horse assisted) therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 8/13/2019
Address:
18406 West White Quest Drive
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005
Phone: 801-335-4699
Email: mjuarez@stridespediatrictherapy.com
Wheelchair Access: Wheelchair Accessible
Services Provided: Strides Pediatric Therapy offers adaptive riding, a horsemanship program adapted for a rider with a disability or challenge. It is a fun and engaging program that has a long list of benefits!

We also offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, and recreational therapy. We have a clinic with traditional gym and treatment rooms and have an equestrian facility onsite to incorporate the use of hippotherapy.
Provider Profiles: Our adaptive riding instructor is a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor and a state and nationally licensed recreational therapist.
Source: Utah Suggest Provider Queue
Last Updated: 1/9/2020

Herriman, UT

6558 West Candace View Cove
Herriman, UT 84096
Phone: 801-493-9690
Address:
6558 West Candace View Cove
Herriman, UT 84096
Phone: 801-493-9690
Email: bethbrowning@me.com
Eligibility: Children ages 3-21 with speech delays
Services Provided: Provides in-home and in-office comprehensive evaluations and speech therapy services for children with speech delays and disorders.
Provider Profiles: Beth Browning, MS CCC-SLP

(HMG)
Source: Help Me Grow Utah via United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 9/6/2018

Highland, UT

5870 West 10400 North
Highland, UT 84003
Phone: 801-756-8900
Address:
5870 West 10400 North
Highland, UT 84003
Phone: 801-756-8900
Fax: 888-850-4353
Eligibility: Anyone is eligible, but preference is given to those with special needs. Participant must be at least three years of age and must have a medical release. Doctor's referral is not required.
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Courage Reins provides therapy designed to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, by providing an environment where physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth could occur through therapeutic riding and other equine based activities. Some of the office staff are also trainers.

Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 8/20/2020

Layton, UT

897 South Angel Street
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: 801-593-1934
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897 South Angel Street
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: 801-593-1934
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Email: kimarrowhead@gmail.com
Eligibility: Individuals 5 years or older who may benefit from equine therapy
Services Provided: Arrowhead Stables offers riding lessons and equine-assisted therapy to children and adolescents in the Greater Salt Lake region. We provide individual and group sessions for kids struggling with autism-related issues, anxiety, depression, and trauma. This is a perfect opportunity If your child enjoys being around animals, especially horses, or if your child needs help, but doesn't invest in traditional talk therapy. Arrowhead also offers special summer programs!
6-8 years
9-12 years
Teenagers
Adults without kids
Adults & kids together
Provider Profiles: Cathy Fresh 801 663-0418 for equine therapy.
Source: Help Me Grow Utah via United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 7/15/2019

Manti, UT

50 South Main Street
Manti, UT 84642
Phone: 801-477-0532
Address:
50 South Main Street
Manti, UT 84642
Phone: 801-477-0532
Fax: 801-623-4771
Eligibility: Anyone can receive services.
Services Provided: The Life Enhancement Center helps individuals achieve mental health and overcome addictions through advanced psychological techniques such as neurocounseling, dialectical behavior therapy, equine (horse assisted) therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 8/13/2019

Morgan, UT

5859 North Cottonwood Canyon Road
Morgan, UT 84050
Phone: 801-836-4325
Organization Name: Straighter Way Foundation
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Address:
5859 North Cottonwood Canyon Road
Morgan, UT 84050
Phone: 801-836-4325
Eligibility: Has programs for individuals with disabilities 6 months to over 85 years. Wide range of disabilities are served; from those in wheelchairs to those who are independent.
Services Provided: Provides therapeutic horseback riding in Utah for people with disabilities.
Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 6/5/2019

Ogden, UT

Address:
Ogden, UT
Services Provided: Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. Wasatch Champions is the northern Utah chapter of Canine Companions for Independence.
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 5/30/2017

Park City, UT

Organization Name: Disabled Sports USA
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Address:
1000 Ability Way
Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 435-649-3991
Fax: 435-658-3992
Email: info@DiscoverNAC.org
Wheelchair Access: Complete
Eligibility: Individuals of all ages with physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities (friends and family members are also encouraged to participate).
Services Provided: Empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Offers a wide variety of year-round activities for people of different ability levels, at multiple locations in and around Park City, including Alpine Skiing, Archery, Biathlon, Canoeing, Challenge Course, Cycling, Horseback Riding, Indoor Climbing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Paddle Boarding, Sled Hockey, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Swimming, Trail Riding, Wakeboarding, Water Skiing, outdoor adventure trips, challenge course activities, and leadership development training.
Provider Profiles: Gail Loveland, Executive Director
Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 1/6/2020

Payson, UT

1172 East 100 North Suite 9
Payson, UT 84651
Phone: 801-477-0532
Address:
1172 East 100 North Suite 9
Payson, UT 84651
Phone: 801-477-0532
Fax: 801-623-4771
Eligibility: Anyone can receive services.
Services Provided: The Life Enhancement Center helps individuals achieve mental health and overcome addictions through advanced psychological techniques such as neurocounseling, dialectical behavior therapy, equine-assisted therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Provider Profiles: Russell Gaede, PsyD
Marriage and Family Specialist
Allison Hanson, LCMHC, Equine Therapy Specialist
childhood, adolescent and family, autism , parenting
Jason King, PhD
Trauma & Addiction Recovery Specialist
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 8/13/2019

Provo, UT

2459 West 300 North
Provo, UT 84601
Phone: 801-706-1389
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2459 West 300 North
Provo, UT 84601
Phone: 801-706-1389
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Eligibility: Animal must be at least a year old.
Services Provided: Pet-assisted therapy, a program staffed by volunteers.
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 5/15/2018

Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City, UT
Phone: 801-885-3922
Address:
Salt Lake City, UT
Phone: 801-885-3922
Email: info@skyesdogtraining.com
Services Provided: Service dogs, therapy dogs, private training, and group training.
Skye's Dog Training specializes in working with owners to train Psychiatric Service Dogs (to help with PTSD, depression, anxiety) and Autism Assistance Dogs for children. Services also available for Emotional Support (also called Companion Therapy). Dogs provide emotional support and lessen anxiety and/or depression symptoms.
Provider Profiles: Skye Poitras, owner and trainer of Skye's Dog Training, is the Salt Lake area's only Certified Behavior Consultant - Canine (CBCC-KA) and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 5/30/2017
449 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Phone: 801-895-2731
Address:
449 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Phone: 801-895-2731
Email: tythedogguysaltlakecity@tutanota.com
Services Provided: Provides service dogs and training for people with PTSD, diabetes, hearing impairments, autism, mobility issues, as well as training for therapy dogs.
Provider Profiles: Ty Brown, Owner
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 5/31/2017

Saratoga Springs, UT

1218 North 800 West
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
Phone: 801-836-4325
Organization Name: Straighter Way Foundation
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Address:
1218 North 800 West
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
Phone: 801-836-4325
Eligibility: Therapeutic horse back riding for individuals with disabilities ages 6 months to 85 years. Wide range of disabilities are served; from those in wheelchairs to those who are independent.
Services Provided: Therapeutic horse back riding for individuals with disabilities.

There is also a site located in Bountiful, 1450 West 400 North (Universal Equestrian Center), with the same contact phone number.

Hoofbeats to Healing is dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding in Utah for people with disabilities.
Source: United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 6/5/2019

St. George, UT

900 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790
Phone: 435-429-1269
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900 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790
Phone: 435-429-1269
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Email: info@stable-environment.com
Eligibility: No restrictions
Services Provided: Provides therapy and learning for behavioral health, training and leadership skills
Source: Help Me Grow Utah via United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 2/13/2020

West Valley City, UT

2877 Cassell St
West Valley City, UT 84119
Phone: 801-860-3906
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2877 Cassell St
West Valley City, UT 84119
Phone: 801-860-3906
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Services Provided: The Stable Place is a equine facility that offers services in natural horsemanship, natural care boarding, and nonprofit rehabilitation programs for equines and humans.
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 1/10/2019

Nationwide

P.O. Box 246
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: 801-754-0400
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P.O. Box 246
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: 801-754-0400
Fax: 801-754-0401
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Email: EQUINE@EAGALA.ORG
Services Provided:

Provides global standard and certification for equine therapy programs. Involves a team approach that includes a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with the client in an arena at all times.

See website to find a local Eagala Model Program.

Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 9/4/2020
Address:
PO Box 219
Jamul, CA 91935
Toll Free Phone: 800-528-9550
Email: servicedoginfo@yahoo.com
Services Provided: An assistance dog training school, matched with handler for autism assistance, hearing, mobility assistance, psychiatric service, and seizure alert.
Provider Profiles: $24,000 via fundraising, $500 deposit. Involvement in fundraising is voluntary. No out-of-pocket costs for recipients.
Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 1/6/2020
20 Deerfield Lane
Storrs, CT 06268
Phone: 860-423-0664
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20 Deerfield Lane
Storrs, CT 06268
Phone: 860-423-0664
Email: northstarfoundation@charter.net
Services Provided: A nonprofit helping children who face social, emotional or educational challenges with the help of animal assisted therapy, school visits and assistance dog placements. Our Assistance Dogs serve children whose challenges range from autism to serious medical conditions to grief over the loss of a parent.
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 8/7/2018
875 124th Ave NE Unit 101
Bellevue, WA 98005
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875 124th Ave NE Unit 101
Bellevue, WA 98005
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Services Provided: Specializing in visiting programs with Therapy Animals, Companion Animals and Social/therapy Animals. Educates healthcare and other professionals; Provides gold standard therapy animal curriculum and training; Empowers individuals with disabilities; Advances knowledge about research.
Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 1/6/2020
5394 Marshall Street, Ste 400
Arvada, CO 80002
Phone: 303-839-6782
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5394 Marshall Street, Ste 400
Arvada, CO 80002
Phone: 303-839-6782
Fax: 303-839-7336
Email: Lee.Shaughnessy@rmchildren.org
Eligibility: Patients and families
Services Provided: Provides direct assistance to pediatric patients and their families. The Mother's Milk Bank collects, processes, and provides donor human milk to babies nationwide. Information on how to receive milk can be found online.
The Stink Bug Project supports families who have a child diagnosed with a serious medical condition.
The Stink Bug Project, in partnership with the prison-trained K-9 Program at Colorado Correctional Industries, matches well-trained, loving companion dogs with families throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
Provider Profiles: Call Lee Shaughnessy 720.507.0907 to determine if your client qualifies.
Source: Help Me Grow Utah via United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 6/5/2019
29976 Margale Lane
Vista, CA 92084
Phone: 760-295-2222
Address:
29976 Margale Lane
Vista, CA 92084
Phone: 760-295-2222
Email: Info@SCDOA.org
Eligibility: no cost
Services Provided: A nonprofit providing well-trained service dogs to those who would benefit. Assistance dogs trained include: service dog, companion dog, hearing dog, skilled companion dog, mobility assistance dog, walker dog, therapy dog.
Source: Medical Home Portal
Last Updated: 8/7/2018