VISTAS Animal Assisted Therapy

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Animal Assisted Therapy with Hurricane Katrina Survivors

Cynthia K.Chandler


On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina passed east of New Orleans, Louisiana. Winds were in the category 4-5 range and the tidal surge was category 5. The storm surge caused levee breaches in New Orleans resulting in the worst engineering disaster in U.S. history. By August 31, most of the city’s levees were breached and 80% of New Orleans was flooded. These breaches were responsible for at least two thirds of the flooding in the city. Ninety percent of the residents of southeast Louisiana were evacuated (, 2005).

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