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Colorado Boys Ranch Residential Treatment Center
P. O. Box 681, La Junta, CO 81050

Colorado Boys Ranch, located at La Junta, Colorado, is a residential treatment facility that provides mental health services and accredited education to at-risk boys, ages 12 to 18, from Colorado and other states. “Using a variety of animals from hamsters and fish to dogs and horses, animal assisted therapy provides an opportunity for boys to give and receive unconditional acceptance and love. Animals ignite warmth in even the most withdrawn youth, putting him at ease and increasing his willingness to reach out and take risks without fear. Boys learn about proper care, handling, nutrition and health care for animals. They also learn to have compassion, gentleness and respect for animals, other people and themselves.”

Prescription Pet Program, The Children’s Hospital
1056 East 19th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80218

The award-winning Prescription Pet Program (also known as RxPets) is a dog-assisted therapy and visitation program which began in 1984 as a cooperative effort of The Children’s Hospital (TCH) and the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society (DAVMS).

Specially-trained volunteer dog owners take their dogs on rounds at The Children’s Hospital. All Prescription Pet dogs have passed a vigorous screening and have been approved by veterinarians who volunteer their time. Almost half of the inpatients at The Children’s Hospital are offered a dog visit every day. The visits can range from a few minutes to 15 minutes or longer, depending on the child’s response. The dogs also assist the medical staff in the psychiatric units and, as needed, in the physical rehabilitation department.