Fort Leavenworth Human Animal Bond invites community to help celebrate 30 years of pet therapy

By Rhonda York - Human Animal Bond directorJune 20, 2024

Join Fort Leavenworth Human Animal Bond to celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2024, in the Leavenworth First United Church’s Fellowship Hall, 422 Chestnut Street in Leavenworth, Kansas.

What is HAB?

The Human Animal Bond (HAB) program started in 1994 with the purpose of encouraging the human/animal bond among military members and families. The military veterinary corps wrote a regulation for this animal-assisted therapy program to begin on all military posts. Fort Leavenworth Human Animal Bond is one of the few volunteer programs that has continued since its inception.

HAB pet partners can be dogs, cats or rabbits. All pets must pass a temperament test to ensure that they are a good fit as a therapy pet. They must also be evaluated by a veterinarian and have a current health certificate.

Through the years, HAB has visited many locations. Currently HAB’s therapy visits include schools, libraries, senior living facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, first responders, universities, Fort Leavenworth facilities, and adults living with dementia. As part of the community, HAB participates in the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade, HOPE Pet Rescue’s FURever HOPE Pet Festival, Lansing Fall Festival, PAIR Day and other events in the community and on post.

When HAB teams show up for a visit, they are treated like royalty. People instantly smile and can’t wait to interact with the animals. The pets love everyone. And they make the world a brighter place for the people they encounter on visits.

Please come help HAB celebrate its 30th anniversary. HAB pets will be there for guests to meet. Please note that non-HAB pets cannot attend.