The mission of the Monroe County Humane Association Therapy Animal Program is to positively impact members of our community and improve mental, physical, emotional, and cognitive health through animal-assisted activities. 

 

OVERVIEW

MCHA Therapy Animal Teams serve in various therapeutic interactions. Dog or cat teams go through advanced-level obedience training, therapy animal training, and a rigorous evaluation. Therapy animals are owned by their handlers and are personal pets while not volunteering as MCHA Therapy Animals. Handlers are volunteers who take great joy in making a positive impact in the community. 

  

What do MCHA Therapy Animal Teams Do?

Registered teams can be found throughout the community visiting nursing homes, health care facilities, senior living residences, libraries, schools, camps, community events, animal reading programs, and educational programs throughout our schools. Our program is also a proud partner with the IU Hospital Pet Therapy Program.  

 

Who Can Participate in MCHA's Therapy Animal Program?

If you feel connected to the community, have a desire to volunteer, and have a well-behaved dog or cat, this program is for you! In this honorable therapy work, you and your pet become ambassadors for role model handling and demonstration of how a well-behaved pet should look like. If interested in joining the program, contact us or click here for more information. 

 

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Weekly therapy prep classes to polish handler and animal's skills 

  • Insurance coverage while on volunteer visits 

  • One free vet exam per year 

  • Three free prep classes per year 

  • Private Facebook group (info, events, tips & demos) 

  • Therapy vest with your animal's name 

  • Name tags 

  • MCHA volunteer opportunities & support 

  • Camaraderie amongst like-minded teams 

  • Community gratitude 

  • Self-fulfillment of touching other community members’ lives 

Animal Care Campus: 791 S Fieldstone Blvd, Bloomington, IN 47403

For appointments, please call: 812-333-6242, ext 2

To fax veterinary records: 812-825-2247

*Administration Address: 3410 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401

*Staff hours may vary. Please call to confirm. Dropping off a donation? We have a donation bin outside of our door that's available any time!

Mailing Address: PO Box 1334, Bloomington, IN 47402​​

**We do not have a shelter.**

    For City of Bloomington shelter hours, adoptable animals, lost/found pets, and animal control, call City of Bloomington Animal Care & Control at 812.349.3492.

© 2016 Monroe County Humane Association