Our Mission is to deliver healing pet therapy to at-risk children, nurturing their emotional development and enhancing the quality of their lives forever.
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Registered Therapy Teams, made up of an individual and his/her
companion pet, engage children to develop and improve healthy core
behaviors that are critical to normal development.
There are 7 Core Behaviors that Gabriel's Angels focuses on with the children they see at our partnering agencies.
Featured Core Behavior
Empathy is the ability to imagine how another is feeling in a particular situation, to understand why they might feel a particular way, and to respond to the person or animal with care. People who are empathetic feel compassion for those with different perspectives. This is a very complex skill to develop. Being able to empathize with another living being means that a child understands the person is an individual, recognizes that individuals have different thoughts and feelings--even in the same situations, and demonstrates an awareness and understanding of the common feelings that most people or animals experience.
Gabriel's Angels Therapy Teams assist with the development of empathy by helping children verbalize their perceptions of a therapy pet's emotions and needs as well as identify their own emotions and the emotions of their peers during visits. Therapy Teams provide a supportive environment for children to discuss situations that might make a person or animal happy, mad, sad, or scared and encourage them to share how they would feel and how they imagine another person or animal might feel in the same situations.
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