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. Our teams go through advanced-level obedience training, relevant therapy animal training, and a rigorous evaluation and program registration. We welcome dogs and cats to participate in our program. Our handlers are volunteers who take great joy in making a positive impact in the community. Therapy animals are owned by their handlers, respectively; the animals are personal pets while not volunteering as MCHA Therapy Animals.  

  

What do MCHA Therapy Animals Do?

Registered therapy animal teams can be found throughout the community visiting nursing homes, health care facilities, senior living residences, libraries, schools, camps, community events, community destress events, animal reading programs, and educational programs throughout our private and public 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 the desire to contribute as a volunteer, and have a well-behaved dog or cat with calm and pleasant disposition, this program is for you! Weekly practice classes will elevate your dog’s obedience skills to an advanced level of compliance to offer a safe and pleasant interaction in the community. 

In this honorable therapy work, you and your dog or cat additionally become ambassadors for role model handling and demonstration of how a well-behaved pet should look like. If this program piques your interest, we invite you to either contact us or click here for more information on how to join our program. 

 

PROGRAM BENEFITS

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

  • Insurance coverage while on Therapy Animal volunteer visits 

  • One free vet exam per year 

  • Three free prep classes per year 

  • Camaraderie amongst like-minded teams 

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

  • Therapy vest customizable with your animal's name 

  • Name tags 

  • MCHA volunteer opportunities and support 

  • Community gratitude 

  • Self-fulfillment of touching other community members’ lives 

 

For more information about facilities we frequently visit, click here. 

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