About us:


We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission focused on physical, mental, and emotional well-being via the development of the human-animal bond. We strive to create positive changes throughout Iowa communities by providing, promoting, and supporting human-animal interactions and health, wellness, and educational opportunities

Therapy Animal Training & Registration

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Mental Health & Well-Being Support Groups
Support Groups


Research & Studies
Animal Assisted Interventions


Volunteer Education & Training
email ihabs.director@gmail.com
Group Canine Training Classes, Seminars and Workshops



Reading Assistance & Sensory Sensitive Activities

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Be a Tree program

Bite Prevention & Education

Private lessons
Behavior Consults

Contact us

Our Executive Director:
Haylee Bergeland
call: 515-724-8669
email: ihabs.director@gmail.com
for Donation or Sponsorship Questions
Contact: Marni

Our Mission

Our mission: ​  ​To be a valued provider of animal assisted interventions (AAI) to Iowa families and community and state-based organizations. We train, prepare, register and certify therapy animal and crisis intervention and response canine teams. IHABS is a valued resource to Iowa school systems, providing human-animal bond educational opportunities, animal safety programming, and animal assisted education. We support research initiatives focused on the human-animal bond which demonstrate the wide-reaching positive effects of human-animal interactions.  We strive to be a source of attainable education and support and, through our programming and services, to promote human-animal interactions as a means to improve mental health and well-being. We advocate for the professionalization of animal assisted interventions, creating and implementing evidence-based standards and practices. We promote and support volunteering within human services organizations and aim to increase the volunteer population within the state of Iowa. We endeavor to create a strong sense of community and partnership between those we serve, our partners and supporters, and our dedicated volunteers. 


4944 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA

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