Animal Therapy

Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy is the only program of its kind in the Big Bend region. It has been fostering the therapeutic bond between people and animals since 2005. Learn more how animal therapy is making an impact throughout the community and how you can get involved.

Our Services

Visiting over 60 different facilities a year, animal therapy spreads far beyond hospital walls. Whether it is helping a child learn to read or helping a grown man learn to walk again - with over 175 teams, these animals and their handlers are making a powerful impact.



Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Animal Therapy Services is a proud member of Animal Assisted Intervention International.
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Books & Resources

Is it time to say goodbye to your beloved companion?  

Is It Time to Say Goodbye?

A Guide for Considering a Difficult Decision for Your Pet
By Timothy J. O'Brien, M.S.
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Checklists and Questionnaires


Encounters with Rikki

EncountersWithRikkiEncounters with Rikki by Julie Strauss Bettinger tells the true story of the incredible partnership between Chuck and Rikki, a very special rescue dog. Rikki first found her home with Chuck and Patty Mitchell in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Even though the golden retriever was a shy, shell-shocked puppy still adapting to the stress of displacement, Chuck recognized her innate abilities as a therapy dog. Together they bring healing and hope to recovering patients, accident victims, and the mentally ill. Soon Rikki’s quiet confidence attracts the attention of advocates of child victims. Called upon to testify in court, child witnesses must recall horrific memories in the presence of their abusers; the tireless work of Chuck and Rikki allows these children to do so with a therapy dog by their side. Inspiring and heartfelt, Rikki’s story illustrates the far-reaching effects of the human-animal bond.

Encounters with Rikki is available through all major booksellers, including Amazon, or direct from the publisher.