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Support Our Mission

Animal Assisted Professionals works tirelessly to provide services. We need your support to continue operating and provide for our space and staff while helping others. Here's how we are impacting our community. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so gifts are tax deductible. We are located in Adel, IA and serve the greater Des Moines area.

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Private therapy dog sessions

Individuals and their families come to our comfortable space in Adel, IA for one-on-one animal assisted therapy. Your financial support allows us to offer these services at low cost to the recipients. Our eventual goal is to make this free.

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On-site therapy dog visits

Our staff, board and volunteers take dogs that have graduated from our therapy dog training program out in to the community.

These are some of the facilities, schools, and programs impacted by our volunteers and therapy dog teams:
 

  • WesleyLife Communities:

    • Edgewater, Wesley Acres, & Brio of Johnston

  • WesleyLife Hospice

  • St. Augustin school

  • West Des Moines Public Library  (Tails with Tales, Sensory Spaces)

  • Johnston Public Library  (Paws to Read)

  • Urbandale Public Library (Sensory Spaces)

  • Franklin Ave Library

  • Des Moines Public Schools

  • Hamilton's Funeral Home & Academy of Grief and Loss

  • Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association

  • Drake University Law School- SLADF

  • Drake University- Cowles Library

  • State Center Specialty Care- Care Initiatives

  • Mercy College of Health Sciences

  • Please Pass the Love

  • NAMI of Central Iowa

  • Alzheimer's Association

  • Bondurant High School

  • Colfax-Mingo Community School District

  • West Des Moines Community Schools

  • Iowa State University

  • Iowa Department of Human Services

  • Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team

  • Mosaic of Central Iowa

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Therapy dog training and certification

We train both the dog and handler to go out into their own communities or work environments to make a difference. Our team and trainers are professionals with unique experience in mental health, care, education, and behavior, providing deep insights into the appropriate implementation of animal assisted services. We connect volunteer opportunities with our registered teams and prepare our certified teams to provide animal assisted therapy.

Support Groups

Our historical and newly renovated space in Adel, IA is a comfortable and inclusive space for animal assisted support groups. These are open to the public and completely supported by donations.

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