Empathic Paws & K-12 Schools

Empathic Paws

& K-12 Schools

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“Empathic Paws will assist your organization throughout all stages, phases and beyond …”

-Dr. Jessica Maricevic

Commonly Asked Questions

Let Empathic Paws …

assist in the implementation of animal-assisted therapies in your school.

The Research

Dr. Jessica Maricevic’s (2022) qualitative research suggests the use of animal-assisted therapies, like the use of therapy dogs, in secondary settings, benefits not only the adolescent learner, but the organization as a whole.

School Culture & Learning Environment

The Plan

Under the guidance of Dr. Maricevic, Empathic Paws will collaboratively develop a researched-based plan for implementing a therapy dog program, specific to your school’s needs, and may include, but are not limited to:

Implementation

School-Based Crisis Preparedness & Response

School Culture & Learning Environment

Social-Emotional Learning & Social-Emotional Competency Development


Our Empathic Commitment: Education Initiatives

Operation
Empathic Paws

“Socio-economic status should not determine whether an organization implements an animal-assisted therapy program.”

— Dr. Jessica Maricevic

Empathic Paws believes socio-economic status should not determine whether an organization implements an animal-assisted therapy program, like the use of therapy dogs in secondary schools, for the physical, mental or emotional benefit of stakeholders.

Operation Empathic Paws (OEP) aims to fully establish and support all components of the therapy dog implementation process for secondary schools with a high poverty designation (as determined by the National Center for Education Statistics), at no cost to the school.

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