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Derrick and Katie
Derrick and Katie

When I reflect on the many AAT programs Charlotte and I have participated in, Jumping for Joy is one of my very favorites. It combines the best of everything: children with special needs, dogs who love and respond to children, and opportunities for the children to be successful in learning new and fun skills. And I absolutely love the fact that the program evolved from the dream of a 15-year-old animal lover. The joy on the children’s faces says it all.


If your local animal-assisted therapy organization would like to learn more about starting a Jumping for Joy program, please email Rachel through the Marin Humane Society; send requests to education@marinhumanesociety.org.

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 76: Winter 2013

Kathie Meier has been part of the Marin Humane Society SH ARE program for the past 15 years. She frequents classrooms and youth programs throughout Marin County with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Charlotte.

Photographs by Kathie Meier

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