Animal-Assisted Interaction

Our animal-assisted interaction (AAI) team uses highly-trained animals and professional staff to help bring out the best in students. They help with social skills instruction, crisis support and classroom lessons.

AAI is sometimes referred to as therapy animals or service animals.

Join us

The dogs involved in the AAI program are specifically selected, trained and in excellent health in order. If you would like to learn more about the requirements to be a staff handler, view the application form.

Mel and Paco

Melanie and Paco

Melanie is a school psychologist at Quora High School. Paco has been certified and involved in AAI since October 2009. He is an 8lb. mixed breed, Yorkshire Terrier/Shih-Tzu. When he is not working, Paco enjoys long walks, chasing squirrels and naps on the couch.

Julie and Bella

Julie and Bella

Julie is an occupational therapist and AAI partner with her dog Bella. Bella is a Golden/Bichon who enjoys working with students and interacting with people in a variety of settings. She is a calm and friendly dog who loves belly rubs and treats.

Lisa and Tori

Lisa and Tori

Lisa is a special education teacher at South Campus Education Center. Tori is a black lab who has been a certified therapy dog since 2019. Lisa and Tori support students with literacy and physical fitness. Tori's favorite activities are chasing tennis balls, hunting, and playing with Lisa's grandchildren.

Amy and therapy dog Steve

Amy and Steve

Amy is a school psychologist at WELS-S and in our member districts. Steve is a Great Pyrenees who has been a certified therapy dog since June 2019. Steve's specialty is interacting with both children and adults with significant physical disabilities and medical conditions. He is a gentle giant who enjoys naps and getting petted on his big furry head.