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
Mental Health & Well-Being Support Groups
Animal Assisted Interventions
Volunteer Education & Training
Group Canine Training Classes, Seminars and Workshops
Reading Assistance & Sensory Sensitive Activities
Be a Tree program
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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 strives 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 are a valued resource to Iowa school systems, providing human-animal bond educational opportunities, animal safety programming, and animal assisted education.
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