Service Animals

Service animals bring gifts of safety and comfort to their owners. Dog service animals also give their owners the ability to move through their lives in ways that would otherwise be daunting, if not impossible. Whether it's dogs or cat service animals in your life, these creatures are to be treasured for their generous, loving hearts.
Rachel, Wesley and Josie

Could a Dog Help Her Son With Autism?

She feared she was not up to raising a special-needs child, but a heaven-sent Aussiedoodle puppy stepped up to lend a hand.

Spencer Roost and his dog, Moon

Meet the Dog Who Saw Him Through Recovery from a Brain Hemorrhage

Spencer Pickell discusses the role his dog, Moon, played in Spencer's long and difficult recovery from a brain hemorrhage.

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David with wife Jenny and son Dax in 2013

How a Rescue Dog Gave This Veteran a New Purpose

Air Force Veteran David Sharpe struggled with depression and PTSD, until an adopted dog changed his life—and inspired him to help others

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Dot and Trouper hanging out at the beach.

How Trouper the Raccoon Changed Her Life

This animal rehabber has rescued many creatures before, but this raccoon was different. 

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Wally the alligator and his caretaker.

Meet Wally, the Emotional Support Alligator

The five-foot-long alligator enjoys watching television, rummaging the kitchen cupboard and bringing joy to others.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Magic, The Therapy Horse

Celebrating 10 Years of Magic, The Therapy Horse

This miniature horse has traveled the country, comforting families when they need it most.

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Ashley Judd in A Dogs Way Home

Ashley Judd on Playing a Veteran in ‘A Dog’s Way Home’

The actress shares how her love for dogs and respect for veterans prepared her for her role in the new movie.

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A senior woman with a hen on her shoulder.

HenPower: A Unique Program Inspires Creativity in Seniors

Working with hens in a nursing home setting helps the elderly cope with dementia and loneliness.

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Petey the therapy dog in training.

Petey, a Therapy Dog in Training

In our print series “A Therapy Dog’s Journey,” columnist Peggy Frezon takes All Creatures readers along as her golden retriever Petey trains to become a certified therapy dog. Check out this video of the playful pup working on his skills in training class. Will he eventually pass the test?

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Andy, Rachel, Wesley and Josie (from right to left)

How a Dog Helped Her Son with Autism

Rachel Webb Turner shares how bringing a dog into her home enabled her son Wesley, who has autism, to connect with the world around him.

The two are forever bonded because of their shared tragedy. Through love and time, they were both able to find happiness and purpose again.

The Donkey That Saw Her Through Her Grief

When Robin Birdsong met Ronnie the donkey, she knew he was different than all the other animals she had saved. They had both lost a child. Robin knew exactly how Ronnie felt and she was determined to help him heal.

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Louise the rooster loves people.

Therapy Chickens Are Helping People Across the Country

From stressed-out tech executives to seniors with dementia, more people are finding chickens make life better

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Louise the rooster in a wheelchair.

Louise the Rooster Helps Others Build Confidence

A rooster in a wheelchair shows us that a little love and kindness goes a long way.

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DOG trains service dogs at Support Dogs, Inc. (SDI) in St. Louis, Missouri

Meet the Cat Helping to Train Service Dogs

D-O-G was a stray kitten before the trainers at Support Dogs Inc. decided to give him a home—and a job.

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