As more people get involved in the field of animal-assisted
activities and animal-assisted therapy (AAA/T), it is
important that references written by experienced, credible
professionals are available to a wide audience. This will
ensure the safety and benefit of all those involved in AAA/T.
This book is just such a reference. It doesn't just apply
to volunteers--health and human service professionals will
also find this book to be an invaluable resource.
I initially picked up the book because I'm familiar with
Mary's work in the field of AAA/T. I found myself reading the
entire book in one evening. A week later, when I was preparing
myself to be a guest on a radio show about AAA/T, the book
became my primary reference and provided some examples.
Particularly helpful are the descriptions of the various
client populations and facilities that a volunteer may visit.
The suggestions for activities for each population and facility
will be useful for the volunteer and professional, alike. Case
studies are provided to illustrate how to apply the recommended
The safety and enjoyment of the animals that participate
in AAA/T is also addressed, ensuring that they will benefit
from the experience.
Applying the information contained in Mary's book will help
increase the acceptance of AAA/T as an effective tool in the
improvement of the health and lives of the clients who receive
and participate in this method of therapy.
I highly recommend this book.