Learn about CAP!!! 2 minute video compliments of Falmouth Community TV
Therapy Dog Classes beginning on January 12, 2017 (1-2 pm) at Joseph's Obedience Training Facility in Pocasset, are now full. Next classes will be in June, 2017. See our TRAINING page for more details and an application.
CAP relies completely on membership and charitable donations. Please help us to provide over 5,000 therapeutic visits each year by making a tax-deductible donation.
Or make checks payable to Companion Animal Program and mail to:
COMPANION ANIMAL PROGRAM, INC.
P.O. BOX 1321
Pocasset, MA 02559-1321
Thank you for your support!
The Companion Animal Program is an all-volunteer, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) charitable corporation. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of our Cape Cod residents. Although originally organized to serve the older and disabled population, CAP has expanded its mission to additionally serve children and youth in library, school, college and related settings. CAP continues to work with those who live or participate in out-of-home, day and residential and hospital programs. CAP provides the enjoyment and therapeutic support of trained and certified companion animals; visiting pre-approved sites (see our list on the VISITS page). Pets and their owners become Therapy Teams following rigorous preparation and testing to meet safety standards of behavior and excellence in the field of pet therapy. These are not service dogs. These are pets, now certified Therapy Dogs, belonging to our members, who share their love with the population we serve.
Before pets are welcomed into our formalized program there must be an acceptable standard of behavior to insure client safety. Pets are first screened for appropriate physical well-being and behavioral stability. Owners are specifically trained as handlers to work in a therapeutic setting. Together pets and their owners become Therapy Teams that are re-evaluated at least every two years to insure the highest levels of care. Experienced volunteers supervise every visit and each facility is screened for compatibility.
The effects of animal assisted therapeutic activities have been well-documented and proven, including improved physical and emotional health. Therapeutic and life enhancing rewards result when volunteer Therapy Teams interact with those in institutional and other out-of-home settings. Interaction encourages communication, reduces feelings of isolation and stress and gives the individuals a sense of importance and value in a way that, perhaps only an animal can accomplish.
BENEFITS OF ANIMAL