Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
Developed by Dr. Christina Risley-Curtiss of Arizona State University, Children and Animals Together Assessment and Intervention Program (CAT) is one of only two programs known to treat children who abuse animals. Children are referred to the 14-week program by juvenile justice and child welfare professionals. An adjunct to therapy, the program helps children stop abusing animals by facilitating development of empathy and prosocial skills.
We wrote a successful grant proposal to The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust, and received funding to conduct an evaluation of CAT in collaboration with Dr. Risley-Curtiss. The results will be used to improve the program and replicate it across the country, serving even more children and helping to keep animals safe.