“I cannot talk. I have 4 legs. I have paws. I wag my tail when I am happy. I whimper when I am sad. I have arrived. Pet me and you will smile. I will calm you. I’m here to help you remember the good things in life. I won’t offer solutions. I will just listen. I am a therapy dog.”

Our Story

In 1998, a retired Emergency Department Nurse felt that the Steamboat Springs

community had a sincere need for animal assisted therapy services.


Thus, Heeling Friends was created.


Heeling Friends, a non-profit organization, offers its genuine nonjudgmental,

touching animal-assisted therapy program to Routt County’s hospital,

elementary schools, senior citizen centers, extended care and rehabilitation centers,

and seasonally at The Yampa Valley Regional Airport.


Our purpose is simply stated: "to bring comfort and smiles to all those encountered"


Heeling Friends is totally comprised of volunteers: pet and partner teams,

the board of directors and the animal assisted therapy (AAT) evaluators.


Heeling Friends is an affiliate of Intermountain Therapy Animals based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Our HF pet and partner teams are trained, evaluated and registered by ITA trained evaluators.





  To provide a non-threatening form of motivation

To increase attainment of specific goals for those in need

To bring a sense of community and caring

To facilitate a sense of a friendly environment

To increase the healing processes for illness and/or trauma

To allow self-expression without restrictions


HF teams are registered therapy animals who have undergone strict educational,

training and evaluation testing. All animals have been tested for health,

safety and temperament and required skills.


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