Therapy animals provide much needed support for many people. Now the Pima County Board of Supervisors are looking to recognize their impact at home and in the community.
The supervisors have declared Monday, April 30th will be Pima County Therapy Animal Day. It will be part of National Therapy Animal Day.
The day was created by Pet Partners, a non-profit therapy dog registration organization. All three of the Sheriff's Department's therapy dogs are registered through Pet Partners.
The Sheriff's Department created the Therapy Canine Program with help from Cenpatico Integrated Health. The dogs and their handlers work to help the Mental Health Support Team and provide stress relief at the Pima County Adult Detention Complex.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department is the first law enforcement agency in Arizona to use therapy dogs. Deputy Leo works with the Crisis Canine Response Team and Officers Luke and Leia work with the Corrections Pet Assisted Stress Therapy program.
Click here to learn more about how Pet Partners works to certify therapy animals.