What we do & Our goals

At a care-facility in Japan

What we do & Our goals

You might be surprised to know that there are many people who spend every day looking forward to communicating with dogs.

People who live in institutions such as nursing homes, often suffer from a build-up of stress and a feeling of loneliness. Of course the staff there do their best to offer a good care, however, sometimes it is not enough to comfort them.

When these people spend time with dogs; by touching, cuddling, and talking to them, people soothe, ease their mind and it brings them to smile. People with physical disabilities or restricted movements try to move close to the dogs. They are often so touched as to shed a tear. Among those who have experienced the time with these dogs, some say “I’m truly looking forward to seeing the dog again,” and spend their days waiting for the next meeting.

In order to offer this healing contact with dogs to the many people who eagerly await it, in November 2009, we acquired the authentication from the Japanese government to found JATA (Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Animal Therapy Association). JATA is run thanks to the cooperation of all our members, and we endeavor to spread Animal Therapy work throughout the country and the world.