Giving students the tools they need to thrive

We’re making a social-emotional impact.

Studies show that the presence of an animal can lower anxiety, motivate therapy participation and cultivate self-awareness in nonverbal or socially isolated children. That’s proof positive that dogs and their humans can be a force for good.

Animal-assisted therapies have been proven to:1

  • Promote competence and expand impulse control
  • Heighten the capacity for love and empathy
  • Facilitate trust and understanding

Teachers who integrated pets into the classroom reported the following improvements:2

  • Social interactions in the classroom—70%
  • Behavioral issues—60%
  • Class participation—55%

And it’s a cost-effective approach:3

  • Every $1 invested in social emotional learning yields $11 in long-term benefits

1. Fine AH. Animal-assisted therapy: theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice. San Diego, CA: Academic Press; 2000
2. Ganzert RR, McCullough A. Pets in the classroom: phase 1 findings report. American Humane Association. Washington, D.C. 2015.
3. Belfield C, Brooks B, Klapp A, et al. The economic value of social and emotional learning. 2015.