About Gabriel's Angels
Gabriel's Angels is the only program in Arizona that delivers healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children. Our 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.
Presently we provide pet therapy services to over 118 agencies and serve 13,700 children annually through nearly 175 Pet Therapy Teams. Our services are provided free of charge 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. The cost to support one therapy team is $3,500 annually.
Partner agency staff members offer thoughts on the work of Gabriel’s Angels:
Gabriel’s Angels provides a non-threatening venue to learn self-control and sensitivity.
South Pointe Elementary School
There is nothing more heart-warming than to see a child whose own needs have been severely neglected, beam with pride as he grooms and walks one of the dogs from Gabriel's Angels. Crisis Nursery's mission is breaking the cycle of child abuse and Gabriel's Angels is a key partner in our effort.
Marsha Porter, Executive Director
Our kids are more willing to accept the feelings of others and share space with new peers and adults.
Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse