Human Animal Link of Oklahoma Foundation
Animal Assisted Therapy & Activities
Benson, with Handler Jonathan Nelson
at his side, is shown after completing all requirements qualifying him for animal assisted therapy. H.A.L.O. dogs must demonstrate excellence in temperament, disposition, and obedience not only in their chosen workplace, but often are called to educate the public as to the benefits of animal assisted therapy
Will Rogers World Airport, Integris Hospital, Mercy Hospital, UCO Campus, Elder Care Advocates
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"Human Animal Link of Oklahoma speaks to the fact that animals and humans do form relationships of great worth and benefit to both. A non-judgmental force, our pets, can best calm most emotional and physical challenges we might experience. They are quiet in voice, but speak with strength and comfort by presence alone. They are incapable of making false promises as to our welfare. They are forever listening even though we may not make much sense. They offer moments of simple joy and peace, reaching into minds and hearts to communicate with people who just may have shut out the human factor. How quickly they forget our shortcomings and focus on
our greatest strengths." -Terri Smith
H.A.L.O. Foundation follows guidelines for volunteer visits to our partner institutions during this time, and is scheduling volunteer teams as the need arises with all Covid-19 precautions in place. -Terri Smith, CEO
Cate is the best listener and is joyful caring for a child's growth in literacy.
We are honored to welcome Handler Kim Clements and Bobby, just recently certiified. Kim makes the decision where, how often, and in what ways Bobby can contribute to our community as a viable therapeutic resource. Suggestions and recommenations for placemment are based on need and the Therapy Dog's temperament. Quality visits work to diffuse the most stressful of situations. Bobby seems to know just how to make each day a little less stressful with his perfect form of care and compassion.
The right dog in an engineeered environment equals success for all.
2019 "Hero Dog" nominee, Mona, with Handler Suzi, are
always a delight wherever they visit. Whether it be the airport, Mercy Hospital, or a program center for those with Autism, Mona has that Basset and Labrador nose that knows where she's needed!
Buddy and Handler, Alan Hulva, have made their workplace at the Oklahoma City Veteran's Hospital. This Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can open doors toward health like no other, and his visits are awaited with great joy.
Bev Reed and Piper
Mercy Hospital, Edmond Library
Bon and his Handler, Shawn, are thankful to have the opportunity to act as
welcoming ambassadors to readers of all ages as they enter our Metro Libraries.