Begin Within Therapy changing lives one paw at a time!

For: Therapy clients, community members, local organizations
Chicago, IL
Organizer: Kathleen McShane
Begin Within Therapy changing lives one paw at a time! (Therapy clients, community members, local organizations)
$12,500
of $12,500 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 81 donors

The Story

Begin Within Therapy Services is raising funds to pay the fees associated with training a therapy/psychiatric service dog (our dog will be a unique hybrid of the two) who would offer it's services to the community through our therapy services, as well as volunteer work in the community. Your contribution goes directly to Argos K9 which is a non-profit organization (501c3) and therefore your contribution is tax deductible. Please scroll down for "fun"draising levels. Any contribution is appreciated!

There are numerous research studies that show the benefits of animal-assisted therapy for both children and adults. In particular related to symptoms of emotional and behavioral disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, autism, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and trauma there has been great success in incorporating animals into the therapeutic process. Our aim is to offer this as part of a treatment option to members of our great community. Benefits to clients and communities in which we volunteer include: reduction in stress, boost in self-esteem, improved mood and better communication skills. Especially in traumatic storytelling, the presence of a dog can be essential to offer comfort when going over distressing details. Kids will sometimes tell the dog in the presence of their therapist because that's how they might feel most comfortable at first. We hope our work will include providing more services to our veterans and first responders as well. For example, the dog will be trained to do things like provide comfort, as a command, and would walk over to the person and put their head on their knee. These types of dog's volunteer in the community on a regular basis: in hospitals, nursing homes, group homes and other areas where comfort is needed. This dog will be out in our community helping others on a regular basis, as well as helping our clients in their therapeutic process. The training process is a long one. Once 8 weeks old, the pup will go into training with Argos K9 for 12-15 months. A lot of this training occurs at Argos, but the dog will also be trained in our office so that each therapist will be able to act as the dog's handler during the therapy session.

Any amount contribution is welcomed and greatly appreciated!

Below please find our "fun"draising levels:

$500 corporate sponsor: our dog will wear his identification vest any time he is working. We will put your logo on a patch which will go on the vest and be seen wherever the dog goes. It will be on the vest ALWAYS! We will also display your logo on a banner at the dog's welcome home open house. 

$250 therapy support level: you can designate any local charity of your choice and we will commit 3 hours of service time with the members of that organization.

PUPDATE: Doc was born October 14, 2016 - stay tuned!


please email [email protected] to designate the organization for whom we will volunteer with Doc!

Any donation amount is so greatly appreciated!

http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/20839-pet-therapy-and-human-mental-health-issues

https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/psychiatric-service-dogs-very-special-dogs-indeed/

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 28, 2016

Posted on December 28, 2016

Great article about Docon DNA Info Beverly and Morgan Park today! Thanks Howard Ludwig!

Posted on December 27, 2016

Posted on December 27, 2016

Doc is on the south side and getting ready for his first day at work today!

Posted on December 4, 2016

Posted on December 4, 2016

We are so excited to report that we are uploading lots of pics of Doc to our page today! He is on the way to Minnesota to start his 12-15 months of training. Follow his facebook page for the most up to date info. We are still fundraising so please share our link! Thank you!

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