Shake paws with Luka!
A gentle, warm and goofy American Staffordshire mix, Luka is our friendliest therapy assistant. She's been our resident pet therapy dog since August 2016, and she visits once a week for work with clients.
Luka loves bringing comfort and making people laugh. Her affectionate personality brings warmth easily, and she helps clients work through anxiety and depression. Even though she has a gentle disposition, she occasionally loves to show her playful puppy energy.
So far, Luka has her Canine Good Citizen certificate, with the ultimate goal of having a Fidelity of Animal Assisted Therapy label. Jenifer Jelinek, Director of Individual and Family Counseling, said pet-assisted therapy is becoming more common in occupational and physical therapy as well as in education.