Providing Animal Assisted Therapy Programs for Veterans
and Active Duty Military.
Hearts 4 Heroes Corporation “H4HUS” is a 501(c)(3) organization providing equine-assisted and canine-assisted therapy to current and former service members suffering from physical and psychological impairments, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
H4HUS supports veterans who have completed service or cannot return to service due to medical reasons in addition to active service members between tours for free. H4HUS programs are designed to incorporate equine and canine therapy in connection with services of licensed mental health care practitioners.
The equine-assisted programs set goals for veterans to learn a specific task, solve problems, build teams and relationships, and increase confidence and self-esteem. These programs include handling horses on the ground, grooming school, and equine therapeutic riding and driving.
H4HUS programs use the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) models of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). The EAGALA models develop strength in non-verbal communication, problem solving, taking responsibility, relationship building, and teamwork.
H4HUS canines are procured from North Carolina kill shelters and rehabilitated through a 16-week training curriculum. Veterans and active duty military between tours learn basic canine handling and training principles required to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. Our curriculum focuses on team building exercises and problem solving tasks to prepare for the CGC test. Licensed H4HUS mental health professionals are present during all phases of the curriculum.
Upon completing this program, CGC test, and an in-home site evaluation conducted by H4HUS dog trainers, veterans may permanently adopt their canine. It is our hope that this new partnership can replace some of the loss of unit, structure, camaraderie and friendship that many of our veterans are missing. Free lifetime follow up and continuing training for specific service tasks is available if desired after adoption.