THERAPY ANIMALS OF SAN ANTONIO INC

Bringing People and Animals Together For Healing

San Antonio, TX   |  www.therapyanimalssa.org

Mission

To bring people and animals together for healing and to improve the lives of those in the local community through promotion of the benefits of the human-animal bond.

Ruling year info

1993

President

Gerald Dubinski, Jr

Main address

PO Box 690221

San Antonio, TX 78269 USA

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EIN

74-2553380

NTEE code info

(Mental Health Treatment) (F30)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to meet the continually increasing demand for, and expanding utilization of, animal therapy teams in San Antonio and the 9 surrounding counties in a manner that supports best practices and maximizes the benefits of the human-animal bond to vulnerable populations. An extension of our work also includes community education and consultation to organizations interested in establishing animal therapy programs in service to their clients.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Assisted Activity and Therapy

Bringing Animal Therapy Teams to hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes, hospice patients, mental health facilities, correctional and juvenile detention and service centers, bereavement programs, women's shelter, Ronald McDonald homes, and military service programs, as well as other facilities serving vulnerable populations in San Antonio and the 9 surrounding counties.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Reading Program serving schools and libraries where Registered Therapy Animals are used to encourage children to read and to help them improve their reading skills. They read to the animal who provides a non-judgmental audience and a calming environment enhancing child literacy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Experts on the human-animal bond with various populations provide local, regional, national and international presentations as well as providing education and consultation services to community facilities and organizations seeking understanding and support for potential program development.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Registered Therapy Teams work with local colleges and universities to support student de-stress events during high anxiety times (exam weeks etc.). Teams attend major area conferences providing attendees opportunties to interact with registered teams while learning about the benefits of the human animal bond. Registered teams partner with the American Red Cross and other national programs to provide aniamal therapy support during community crisis events (mass shootings, fires, floods, etc.).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our member experts work as requested with local organizations to provide information, research data, education and impact discussions related to the humane treatment of animals and related family and community health issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

IAHAIO 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Assisted Activity and Therapy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Some of increase is due to hours each volunteer spends at events/presentations being better tracked.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Animal Assisted Activity and Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

64 animal therapy teams were evaluated and 52 were registered as animal therapy teams. This is a 81 % success rate which reflects high standards and deliberate attention to their preparation.

Number of entities served by expertise

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Animal Assisted Activity and Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019 vulnerable persons at 69 facilities / institutions were routinely provided animal assisted activities / therapy (excluding various entities served with one time presentations/events)

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These events include presentations at national and state conferences and professional organizations, university student de-stress events, community presentations and education programs, and others.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Animal Assisted Activity and Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

• Sustain and expand targeted animal assisted activity and therapy services, as well as related education and consultation, to Bexar County
and its 9 surrounding counties
• Increase the success of persons who join Therapy Animals of San Antonio who work toward becoming a therapy team and support their
development as new visiting teams once they are registered to better serve the community
• Ensure ongoing best practices in training, evaluation of teams, and in service, including continuing education of current members
• Provide strong stewardship of the organization as it enters its 30th year of community service

- Maintain TASA assessment of organizations / facilities requesting therapy team services and formalized agreements with them to best
meet everyone’s needs; including point of contact to support ongoing quality engagement
- Prioritize requests for therapy team visits to maximize service to vulnerable populations where the benefits of the human animal bond
may be most effectively realized
- Grow/expand facility specific programs where compatible goals exist and organizational support for therapy teams is strong allowing greater breadth and depth of service
- Increase targeted community education away from general “filler / feel good presentations” and toward scientifically based presentations for professional bodies, organizations and conferences as well as for issue specific animal / humane topic presentations
- partner with community dog obedience and socialization training programs to build their knowledge of the expectations of therapy animal teams and to strengthen referrals of potential teams to them for training and reciprocally referral of persons they train who are interested in therapy work to us
- Provide ongoing access to an online training manual for all potential therapy teams with a critical knowledge based exam prior to classroom training to ensure essential knowledge of each potential team member
- Refocus classroom time spent with potential team members from knowledge to application (addressing specific skill readiness activities for therapy team evaluation success, therapy team evaluation demonstration, and role play)
- Strengthen facility matching for new teams
- Online training manual and classroom based StoryTails course
- Initiate training program for new therapy team evaluators that includes defined experience requirements, a continually accessible online training manual, community based observations and application of human animal assessment knowledge, classroom training, role play and mentored evaluation experiences.
- Maintain invited membership in the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations for current best practices, research data, and future animal and service issues under consideration
- Follow national standards & address changes in policies & practices by therapy team educators & evaluators
- Build program of in-services that address areas of member development
- Ensure ongoing compliance with 501(c)3 requirements
- Align budget with goals & plan strategically so expenses are fully supported by revenue
- Provide estate planning information to support Therapy Animals of San Antonio
- Continue to partner with Fiesta Commission to offer the Annual Fiesta Pooch Parade in April
- Continue to populate the Board of Directors with diverse experts and community members to support well considered decisions
- attain and sustain GuideStar Platinum status
- seek grants and funding sources as appropriate and available
- Provide formal Annual Report to all members and donors

Membership: 2017- 140 members; 2018 - 158 members
Therapy Team Educators: 2017 – 4; 2018 - 5
Therapy Team Evaluators: 2017 – 5; 2018 -6
Board: 14 members, each leading a component of the organization's operations
Office: Stable long-term lease office space, classroom, evaluation and storage area with permanent mailing address
Electronic Volunteer Management System: facilitates communication, record keeping, reporting for daily operations, as well as member access
to bylaws, policies, forms, facility information, online training etc.
Public Website: www.therapyanimalssa.org provides community education, access to forms for joining, contributing, evaluation, etc. as well as
calendar of events, news about services, etc.
Active, up to date Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/therapyanimalsa
Strong community support through donations, grants and annual fundraiser (Fiesta Pooch Parade on 21st year in 2019)

Through 2018:
- Growing membership
- Strengthened Therapy Team Training Program 2017, ongoing
- Increase in potential teams tested in 2018 and increased success rate
- Successful new Therapy Team Evaluator Training Program implemented 2018
- Worked with PetSmart to add a Therapy Dog training course to their dog training
options - continuing that relationship through mutual referrals and communication
- Expanding services to vulnerable populations through addition of new facilities
- Sustaining & expanding relationships with our 10 county region as services grow in
scope (justice system & local shelters, life skills, schools)
- Established an estate planning link & membership education link to resources
- Formalized annual report (2014 forward) for donor & public distribution/increased
transparency
- Ran successful 20th Annual Fiesta Pooch Parade in 2018
- Attained the only regional affiliate status with the International Association of Human
Animal Interaction Organizations Nov 2014 - kept current
- Consultation / Presentations to various professional organizations / Conferences
--- Interim Healthcare, Inc. - national Hospice programs using AAA /AAT, 2017
--- CRIT, USA, 2018
--- Texas Health and Human Services Brain Injury Conference, 2018
--- UT Health Science Center at SA Nurses Week 2017
--- Sedgwick national conference, 2018
--- Texas Chest Conference, 2018
Media / Community Service Presentations:
--- David Martin Davies, Texas Matters, 2018 – service animals and other animal provided support
--- San Antonio Library System, 2018: 8 area presentations on pets and seniors
--- Texas Dogs and Cats Magazine, 2018
Recipient of grants and stipends
What’s next:
- Expand office capacity over the next few years as we grow
- 21st annual Pooch Parade in 2019
- Further explore and define potential community crisis event support program with experienced teams (shootings, natural disasters, etc.)
- Create short video clips for use in various venues to increase education related to the human-animal bond

Financials

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THERAPY ANIMALS OF SAN ANTONIO INC

Board of directors
as of 9/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gerald Dubinski, Jr


Board co-chair

Lisa Lejk

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/19/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data