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Intermountain Therapy Animals

Pets Helping People

aka ITA   |   Salt Lake City, UT   |  http://www.therapyanimals.org

Mission

Enhancing quality of life through the human-animal bond.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms. Kathy Dalzen Klotz

Co Principal Officer

Karen Burns

Main address

PO Box 17201

Salt Lake City, UT 84117 USA

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EIN

87-0517629

NTEE code info

Other Services (D60)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) is akin to the Red Cross, but instead of responding to massive world crises, we respond to individual and family "tsunamis." When a crisis comes, whether as an accident or a diagnosis or difficult treatment, ITA therapy teams are there to provide hope, comfort, normalcy, motivation to participate in vital therapies, even smiles, when those are in short supply. Our 350+ volunteer teams serve more than 200 healthcare and educational facilities in Utah, Montana and Idaho, as well as providing training for therapy teams in 21 affiliated organizations throughout the U.S. We serve all ages, all races, all identities, to promote healing.

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 Healthcare and education therapies

Our 350 volunteer/pet teams visit more than 200 facilities, participating in physical, occupational, speech and psychotherapies as well as special education and community education. Our Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®) Program has now grown to more than 7,000 therapy teams in 50 states and 27 countries outside the U.S.

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Science continues to verify that animal-assisted interactions can have a positive impact on patient outcomes and on educational accomplishment. Our goal is to continue to provide the ongoing benefits of animal-assisted interactions, wherever and whenever they are needed.

Our strategies are deceptively simple but nonetheless powerfully effective. We take a personal interest in the training of every volunteer/pet team, determining whether 1) the animal has sufficient interest and enthusiasm for engaging with endless strangers and being able to light up when doing so; 2) the human partners are sufficiently skilled to advocate for their animal partners' best interests; and that 3) the resulting team has the important skills to interact with various patient populations. Training takes 2-3 months overall.

We want every team to volunteer with the kinds of patients with whom both "halves" (person and animal) get the most joy, because that's where they can make their greatest contribution. We re-test each team for skills, temperament and health every two years, and we insure each one for $2 million in liability.

Our landmark literacy support program, Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.), requires further advanced training. Volunteer teams must have an animal who adores children and can engage meaningfully with them, and humans who understand how to speak through their animal partners, support children positively, and form trusted relationships so that progress can occur to help children learn to read and love it, and fall in love with books, changing their educational future possibilities forever.

ITA has a small but experienced and effective staff that conducts all screening, training, placement and mentoring of volunteer therapy animal teams, plus a network of instructors throughout the U.S. and 25 additional countries who are trained to teach the R.E.A.D. program. Because each animal-assisted interaction is personal, we are committed to keeping all our training and relationships personal as well. We answer the phone, we help troubleshoot and solve problems--this is the hallmark that has drawn so many of our colleague groups to affiliate with us.

ITA has grown steadily over 26 years so far. With 350+ volunteer teams, our health care interactions are now operating in more than 200 facilities in Utah, Montana and Idaho, and 21 colleague organizations have requested affiliation with us, to use our methods and protocols. Our Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program has been growing steadily for 20 years, now operating with therapy animals throughout the United States and in 25 additional countries around the world.

We strive to continually refine and improve our methods and techniques to make them more helpful to clients and facilities. Humans have a long way to go in understanding animals and communicating successfully with them, for the benefit of all, and we never stop looking to improve our knowledge and the education of our volunteers.

There are always more clients to serve, and the demand always exceeds our supply. The biggest "eye of the needle" is finding humans who have the time and understanding to volunteer, along with animals who have the appropriate temperaments. It is an ongoing quest.

A longer term goal for us is perhaps morphing from volunteer to paid teams, with animal-assisted interactions being recognized as a true paraprofessional, as it is throughout Europe and elsewhere. This will be a big leap here in the U.S. but it's a worthy consideration to provide consistency and reliability in all cases.

Financials

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Intermountain Therapy Animals

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jane Fischer

Pampered Pets of Utah

Term: 2013 - 2022

Becky Butler

Brown Floral

Susan E. Daynes

Daynes Music

Celesta Jones, CSW

Clinical therapist

Steven Sellers CPA

Prime Alliance Bank

Jane Peterson, LCSW

Laura Joesten, TRS, CTRS

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/2/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability