Amos out for a walk.
  • “Today was a great session! We were all blown away when our nonverbal student, Christian, said Lana’s name clearly! All the students were actively engaged with the dogs and responded well to your instruction and feedback. I know that our time together will benefit my students greatly in many ways. I am so grateful for ‘bumping’ into you, Lana, and Amos at the district offices!”
  • Noel Gamel, Special Education Teacher, Palm Springs Unified School District

Services & Benefits

K-9 Friendly Visitors provides beneficial services to the deaf, hard of hearing, disabled and special needs students. Our goal is to improve the quality of life and learning experience for all of our clientele while increasing their self esteem and improving cognitive skills. We are not just dogs visiting organizations. We work hard with our partners to create meaningful lesson plans and programs, so the dogs become the catalyst for the students’ growth.


During a K-9 Friendly Visit, participants may:

Develop vocational skills
Learn to give a dog commands
Walk and play with a dog
Pet and care for a dog
Learn about service dogs

  • Who We Service

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Disabled and Special Needs Students
  • Where We Service

  • Coachella Valley Public Schools
  • Cathedral City High School
  • Cathedral City Elementary School
  • Palm Springs Unified School District
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • Benefits of
    Animal Therapy

  • Decreased stress
  • Increased physical activity
  • Relief from anxiety and depression
  • Increased focus and attention through hands-on interaction
  • Improved communication,
    vocational and social skills
  • Learning the appropriate way to treat themselves and others

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Elevated mood
  • Unconditional love, affection
    and nurturing
  • Reduced loneliness and enhanced sense of purpose
  • Setting and respecting boundaries