There are 7,383 legislators serving in state legislatures around the United States plus 535 Members of Congress. After the 2018 mid-term election, more than 1,000 brand-new lawmakers have entered office. Take this opportunity to reach out to your lawmakers and educate them on the importance of the human-animal bond and therapy animals. Educate your lawmakers about therapy animals and the human-animal bond.
From children learning to read to seniors in residential care to individuals receiving medical treatments in clinical settings, therapy animals make a difference in people’s lives. However, therapy animals and their handlers who do not have sufficient training or screening can pose a risk. Help ensure that lawmakers understand the importance of therapy animal standards. Share information about standards that promote client and handler safety, as well as animal welfare.
Our wounded warriors living with traumatic brain injuries, debilitating physical injuries, and emotional pain should be guaranteed access to the benefits trained service animals provide. The PAWS Act will create a pilot program connecting assistance dogs trained by qualified organizations with veterans suffering from severe PTSD. This alternative PTSD treatment option would represent the first time the VA has formally acknowledged the therapeutic value of animals. Encourage your lawmakers to co-sponsor the PAWS Act.