Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:00PM
Pam Garber, president of Phoenix-based Gabriel’s Angels, the only program in Arizona that delivers healing pet therapy to abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Their short-term goal is to instill, in children, an overall emotional sense of well-being, safety, and happiness. Long-term aspiration is to help children learn core social skills that will prevent them from continuing the cycle of violence as adults. Currently, they provide pet therapy services to more than 115 agencies and serve 13,000 children annually through nearly 155 Pet Therapy Teams. Services are provided free to the agency and the children. Gabriel’s Angels pet therapy services are provided by volunteer Pet Therapy Teams, usually consisting of a companion dog and owner. Teams visit each participating agency on a consistent schedule to build trust, empathy, and respect in the children. Gabriel’s Angels future vision is to add 170 Pet Therapy Teams reaching an additional 10,000 children in Arizona. Pam will be bringing a pet or two with her. www. gabrielsangels.org.