Canine Partners Program
As one of it's programs, the I Am Magic Foundation certifies dogs and their people through an independent certifying organization called Love On A Leash (LOAL). http://www.loveonaleash.org. Certified Therapy Dog/handler teams provide emotional healing for people of all ages suffering from depression, trauma, anxiety, stress, abuse, learning and mental challenges and so much more.
The I Am Magic Foundation has 5 rescue dogs who are certified or in the process of being certified. Our certified dog trainer, Brianne Statz assists with training and administering the initial test called a control exam. It's similar to an obedience test but also tests the dog to see if it is suitable as a therapy dog. After passing the control exam, the dog and handler team must have 10 hours of supervised visits in therapy settings. We visit places like assisted living facilities, nursing homes, schools and other organizations who help people with depression, trauma, abuse, PTSD and other settings where emotional healing is the goal. After successful completion of the supervised visits, the dog and handler become certified. If the same dog is working with a different handler, the new person and dog must complete the same process to be certified. The foundation can also assist others who would like to be certified with their own dogs as a therapy team. Following certification, the dog and handler work at similar facilities but in a slightly more professional capacity as a therapy team.
Become a Sponsor
The foundation provides therapy services free of charge as a service to the community. We depend on the generosity of sponsors and donors to help cover the costs associated with certification, transportation and basic care of the dogs. Handlers volunteer their time. Any donation is greatly appreciated and is tax deductible. You can be a sponsor for as little as $20 per month. Not only do sponsors get the satisfaction of knowing they are helping others in their community, they have opportunities to receive updates on their dog's therapy activities and interact with their sponsored dog. Larger levels of sponsorship have additional benefits.