How it all began

On 20 November 2014, Animal Therapies Ltd director Wendy Coombe went to work like any other day as a senior manager for a large ASX-listed corporation. However, that afternoon – with no memory of how she got home – her life took a dramatic turn. A critical path for Wendy’s recovery came in the form of an Assistance Dog called Jack.

The wide-reaching therapeutic benefits of animal-assisted services are now well documented, but Wendy’s personal experience identified some major gaps in the sector within Australia. Until now, there has been no national organisation advancing health through animal-assisted services as a whole.

Animal Therapies Ltd, a registered Health Promotion Charity, was established on 21 February 2018. It offers an impartial lens creating linkages, partnerships and joint initiatives between recipients, the private, public, education & community sectors.


Advancing the understanding, acceptance and accessibility of animal-assisted services for those in need.


Australia’s leading institution for promoting the prevention and management of mental illness, disability, disease and human suffering using animal-assisted services.


• Transparency
• Health
• Equality
• Respect
• Animals
• Partnership
• Yielding Positive Outcomes

Animal Therapies Ltd 2024 Calendar

Don’t leave it until the last minute. Order your 2024 Calendar today!

This beautiful, quality calendar captures the essence of Animals Helping Humans.  

Each month features a special photo demonstrating the human animal bond, with important dates noted. You can easily add your own reminders.

This is the pawfect gift for Christmas, someone special, or to simply display on the wall at home or office.

Proceeds from the sale of the calendar will assist those who do not have the financial means to access animal-assisted mental health services and provides funding for them to get the help they need.

Thank you for your support!

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Why donate to ATL?

No one ever thinks they may be impacted by mental health, disability or illness or become one of those who are at risk of falling through the cracks. 

ATL urgently need donations so we can connect the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our communities, with animal-assisted services.

Your gift today will help one of many people who reach out to ATL each and every day.   

Sadly, we receive more requests for assistance than we have the money to fund.  

Did you know it costs on average $1,000 to support the health and well-being of one person in need?  This will fund approximately 6 sessions with an appropriately qualified animal-assisted practitioner who is listed in the growing ATL National Directory of service providers.

Your tax deductible donation today will help a person to access animal-assisted services.

Please give today.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible

The Animal Therapies Ltd conference was a most professional, engaging and collegiate experience. I learnt a great deal, and am delighted to be part of this most important and developing area of care for others.

Animal-Assisted Services

Animals Helping Humans

Animal Therapies Ltd (ATL) connects those in need with animal-assisted services that may prevent or help manage disability, illness and suffering. This includes people at risk of, or who are, experiencing mental illness, eye disease, hearing impairment, seizures, asthma, life threatening allergies, diabetes, fluctuating blood pressure, cerebral palsy, autism, post traumatic stress, episodic or serious medical crises, disability, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal cord injury and other physical, neurological or psychological conditions.

If in crisis, in need of immediate support or concerned for your safety:

Call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, call 000.


Listen to our Podcast

Animal Therapies Ltd’s Podcast

Paws for Thought is a podcast about animals changing human lives for the better. Anecdotally we know about the therapeutic powers of animals but the science and research are now validating those beliefs. Animal-assisted services is a recognised field worldwide and through this podcast we hope to educate, entertain and raise awareness among listeners about the countless ways that animals are helping humans.

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