Who We Are

We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization serving the Greater Sacramento, California, region with programs in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter & Yolo Counties. Our volunteers are dedicated to sharing hope and understanding through our welltrained, certified teams (handler and pet).

Our History

Lend A Heart, Lend A Hand Animal-Assisted Therapy was founded in 1987 through the involvement and dedication of local dog club members. It provided the Sacramento area with animal-assisted teams to be used in therapeutic settings. Today, we continue to provide the benefits of animal-assisted therapy through ongoing programs in a wide range of facilities and settings.

Our Vision

To be a respected, dynamic professional organization providing animal-assisted therapy in Sacramento and adjacent counties with sustained manageable growth that enhances our organization composition while meeting increased demand for our services.

Our Values

Quality — Treat everyone, the public, clients and colleagues, with respect, dignity and sensitivity while continually striving to improve our services to the community.

Commitment — Maintain a consistency of purpose to improve our members and our organization through training and teamwork.

Integrity — Demonstrate commitment, responsibility and honesty in all of our activities.

Celebrate Diversity — Respect, value and welcome diversity in our organization as well as in the facilities and populations we serve.

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