About Gabriel’s Angels
What exactly do you do?
Gabriel’s Angels visits facilities serving abused and at-risk children in the Phoenix, Prescott, and Tucson metropolitan areas. Registered teams, consisting of owner and pet, offer unconditional love, teach empathy, respect, trust and a host of other life skills these children have not learned through traditional channels. We also teach humane treatment of animals. We serve children from infants to 18 years of age.
What is Pet Therapy?
At the majority of our visits, we provide “animal assisted activities” to abused and at-risk Arizona children. Animal-assisted activities are goal-related activities that improve the quality of the child’s life through the use of the human-animal bond. We use the term Pet Therapy because the general population more easily recognizes it to mean animals visiting with human clients. Animal-assisted therapy, on the other hand, is used as part of a treatment process for a client. In animal assisted therapy, the registered team would work with and under the direction of therapists who set therapeutic goals and evaluate the process.
Who is Gabriel?
Gabriel, a Weimaraner, is the canine founder of Gabriel’s Angels. In 2000, he and his owner, Pam Gaber, began the organization after the positive impact Gabriel made with the children of the Crisis Nursery when he appeared at a holiday party. Gabriel’s Angels was established because of Gabe’s special gift of working with children in crisis. During his 10 years of service as a Delta Society registered therapy dog, Gabriel visited over 10,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Pam Gaber felt it was their duty to share Gabriel’s gifts, as well as recruit other volunteers to help children in crisis.
Sadly, in May of 2010, Gabriel passed away. His legacy is one of hope, trust and love, and quite literally his life will touch generations to come. Gabriel lives on through his supporters, donors, volunteers and the 170 Pet Therapy Teams that are serving 14,600 at-risk children annually in Phoenix and Southern Arizona.
Do you provide Pet Therapy for nursing homes, hospitals etc., or do you just focus on facilities serving abused or at-risk children?
Gabriel’s Angels’ mission is to inspire confidence, compassion, and best behaviors in at-risk children through pet therapy. We focus strictly on this mission, however, there are other organizations providing visiting animals to local nursing homes, rehab clinics and hospice care facilities.
What agencies/facilities does Gabriel’s Angels provide service?
See our Facilities page under the Volunteer section for the current list of facilities served.
How do I get a Gabriel’s Angels Team started at my facility?
You can contact us and we will set up an interview to discuss whether your facility and program meets our mission.
What is a 501(c)(3) organization?
This means that all contributions to this charity, other than for value of goods received, are tax-deductible as mandated by the Internal Revenue Service.
How long has Gabriel’s Angels been a charity?
We have been a charity since May of 2000. We officially began our Pet Therapy visits in August of 2000.