Our non-profit counseling center is located our 3-acre farm in Arvada, CO. We have 32 resident animals that have all been re-homed or rescued by us and help our clients with mental and behavioral health issues. Most of our clients are under the age of 18 and suffer from abuse and other forms of trauma.
Volunteers are needed to help with animal care, cage cleaning, feeding, and help get the farm ready for the day. Requires a minimum 6 month commitment (feeding times are usually 8:00 - 10:00 am or 5:00- 7:00 pm)
Immediate need for:
Animal Care Backup Volunteer: Volunteers who are trained in all areas of animal care including outdoor, indoor, and cat care. These volunteers should have a flexible schedule and are willing to be a backup for short notice shifts. Shift Times: Varies (We usually know a couple days before if we will be short staffed)
Our animals include 4 Horses (including 2 mini horses), alpacas, goats, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and rats.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY PROGRAMS OF COLORADO
7275 Kipling Street, Arvada, CO 80005, US
AATPC’s mission is to make the benefits of animal-assisted psychotherapy accessible to people of all ages, income levels, insurance statuses and life circumstances.
AATPC provides counseling and psychotherapy to clients of all ages with the assistance of our therapy animals. Linda Chassman and Ellen Winston founded AATPC in 2010 based on their belief in the powerful effect animals have in healing and facilitating change. Counseling is provided at our 3-acre Ranch in Arvada. Clients work with a range of animals including dogs, cats, horses, goats, rabbits and rats, all as partners in their therapy.
AATPC became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2013 because we found that more than half of our clients were low-income, on Medicaid, Medicare, or CHP+, or were veterans. We wanted to be able to make the benefits of animal-assisted therapy available to everyone who contacted us, regardless of their ability to pay. The program is specifically geared to serve economically, physically, and/or mentally disadvantaged individuals and families.
AATPC offers Denver-metro area clients and their families the opportunity to improve their psychological and mental health through strategic therapy sessions with a trained Animal Assisted Therapy Counseling therapist or intern.
As a pioneer in the development of Animal Assisted Therapy as an integral part of counseling and psychotherapy, we provide a range of other services for mental health professionals, including in-person trainings, an online Certificate in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy, agency consultation and training, and group or individual consultation.