The Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) has selected three projects and programs related to the human-animal bond that will be awarded grant funding during the 2014 fiscal year. This year’s AFL grant application process resulted in a record number of applicants. “The record number of applicants this year just goes to show how invaluable our grant funds are to these like-minded organizations,” said David White, AFL executive director. “These recipients are unique in that they each have their own creative approach to emphasizing and strengthening the human-animal bond that aligns with the Foundation’s vision and mission.”
This year, AFL will award grants to the following Ohio projects:
Team training and follow-up support
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), Delaware
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) has a long-term commitment of helping people with disabilities obtain skills and abilities they need to succeed in life via the use of highly trained assistance dogs. Assistance dogs are provided to CCI clients trained and ready to perform tasks with children, adults and veterans with disabilities. The assistance dogs make a difference in the clients’ well-being through their aptitude to aid with the tasks of daily living as well as improving the emotional quality of the individual’s life. The assistance dogs also become the clients’ best friend, life partner, problem solver and a source of unconditional love and dedication.
Farmtastic Google Agventures
Carroll, Cuyahoga, Tuscarawas, Jefferson and Harrison county Farm Bureaus
Five county Farm Bureau organizations in northeastern Ohio have collaborated to develop science and reading curriculum focusing on agricultural topics for fourth and fifth grade students. The project is unique as it utilizes live interactive audio/video conferencing through Google Hangout that allows agricultural experts to connect with the classrooms. Each month will feature a different lesson topic and classes scheduled to participate in an interactive lesson and related activities.
Therapeutic riding/Proper farrier care
The Riding Centre, Yellow Springs
Funds are being provided to defray the costs of farrier care for horses that have been specially trained for therapeutic riding (hippo therapy) programs that serve adults, senior citizens and children with physical and emotional disabilities. Farrier care is necessary during the riding season and clients will have the opportunity to observe the farrier caring for the horses, learn about animal care and proper animal management. Founded in 1959, The Riding Centre serves clients from Greene, Clark and Montgomery counties.