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Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not listed below, don’t hesitate to contact us.  Click the question above each answer to get more information.

  1. One Heart Wild is dedicated to advancing human understanding of Trans-species Psychology and to using our knowledge of it to improve the health and well-being of our clients. Our sanctuary is not only designed for client services, but also for the needs of the non-human animals that live there. We consider advocacy for the humane treatment of animals and responsible environmental stewardship to be essential parts of our organizational mission. Our educational programs include elementary school presentations on animals and empathy, and event speaker presentations on our therapy services and educational programs, and other topics.

    One Heart Wild is dedicated to four main programs:
    1. Managing a social, emotional, and physically healthy Sanctuary for our animal residents.
    2. Providing Animal Assisted Equine/Animal Self Development and Psychotherapy services to our community, which includes maintaining a scholarship fund so that no one is turned away due to a financial barrier.
    3. Outreach programs that include Animals & Empathy in the elementary schools, Mindfulness in Nature is a program we take in to the junior high and high schools, in addition to speaking and participating in many community events.
    4. ROOTS Institute is a twelve month Equine/Animal Assisted Services certification program for therapists, educators, coaches, and others working with animals.

  2. We’re always looking for individuals who want to get involved. Click the link to our Get Involved section at the bottom of this page to learn ways you can volunteer, donate money, or contribute needed materials. Your support will be deeply appreciated!

    If your organization is looking for a service project, get in touch. We welcome the opportunity to work with groups up to 25-30.

  3. We take our responsibility to our clients, animals, volunteers and donors extremely seriously. We keep ourselves keenly aware of the fact that the long-term sustainability of our organization is of critical importance to the people and animals that depend on us. If donors want to direct their money for specific uses, they can do so on our donation form or by contacting us with instructions. As a responsible non-profit organization, we make our IRS Form 990 available for review on-premises or will send it on request.

  4. We do not sell, trade, share or otherwise disclose information about our volunteers, donors or supporters. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit.

  5. There is a lot of information throughout the site that will explain in detail what we do. We offer programs and activities that are suitable for all ages.
    Our activities fall under these four categories:
    1. Maintaining the Sanctuary for the health and well being of our residents and the enjoyment of our visitors and clients.
    2. Providing Equine/Animal Assisted Self Development and Psychotherapy services to people of all ages. We maintain a scholarship fund through donations to support people who have financial need.
    3. Outreach programs include Animals & Empathy in elementary schools, Mindfulness in Nature in Junior and High Schools, community events, speaking, etc.
    4. ROOTS Institute offers a 12 month Equine/Animal Assisted Self Development / Psychotherapy certification program for therapists, educators, coaches, and others working with nonhuman animals.

  6. No, we are not, but that is an assumption people often make because of the long history of therapeutic riding, which stems back to 1969, when the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) recognized the physically therapeutic impact of riding for those with physical disabilities.

    However, the therapy, counselling and personal development programs we offer have all sprung from the discoveries made in therapeutic riding more than four decades ago. Instead of riding therapy, our work is focused on the therapeutic value of social and relational experiences with horses and other animals. This science, known as Trans-species Psychology, is being employed around the world and has been shown to have remarkable potential for healing, empowering and inspiring human lives.

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