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Soul Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to enrich lives by promoting the unconditional love and healing of the human-animal bond, while advocating for animal therapy standards of excellence.

Results: We are the Barrington and Chicagoland area's most experienced and comprehensive animal therapy program with registered miniature therapy horses, certified therapy dogs and miniature donkeys in training. We served over 12,000 people in 2018 with our special therapy/comfort animals, visiting hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, schools, veterans, community events, etc.

Target demographics: enrich lives through the unconditional love and healing of our registered miniature therapy horses and certified therapy dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 12,000 people and many more who saw us on WGNTV at the Uncle Dan's Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Geographic areas served: the Barrington and Chicagoland area

Programs: Animal-assisted activity and therapy visits, Just Say WHOA to Bullying, Walk with Me and Read with Me program, as well as our SOUL Buddies Animal Therapy Club, an official Barrington HS club where we mentor students to become registered handlers.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one of the most well run, well respected miniature therapy horse (animal) nonprofits in the country. Jodie's compassion and understanding for both animals and people are the foundation of this wonderful organization. The Barrington and Chicagoland communities are fortunate to have Soul Harbour's therapy program. We are proud of Soul Harbour's affiliation as a team of our Just Say Whoa® to Bullying program.

1 Kim A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization excels in so many ways. I have had the the opportunity to get to know Jodie and all of her well taken care of and much loved animals over the last year. As a strong animal advocate and having had a long career in nursing taking care of and bonding with patients, I can attest to the fact that this organization operates with the highest standards of care and operation in their day-to-day activities as well as in their service to the communities that they frequent. I am proud to be affiliated with Soul Harbour Ranch on any level, and will continue to support this group in any way I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jodie Diegel has done such an amazing job with her non profit helping the lives of so many people with her animals.
It warms my heart when I see all the pictures of the lives their organization is touching.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soul Harbour Ranch is a unique and important program that is encompassed off of pure love for the human animal bond. The heeling moments with both short and long term effects are undeniably genuine and heart warming. As a mother of a special needs child, this program is impairative to the community to which it serves.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We've known the founders for years and have even been at the receiving end of their therapy program when our son was hospitalized. They are first class folks and their animal therapy program is certainly a reflection of that. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend their program to an interested party.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Soul Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program is an amazing nonprofit. It’s leader and founder is professional and runs this organization with integrity, compassion and hard work. The volunteers are incredible and dedicated. The amount of people touched by these mini horses, dogs and the volunteers is grand. This organization also involves the next generation in animal therapy by running a program for students at Barrington High School. All of these things are done on volunteer hours and donations.
We are proud to support what is good for the SOUL and all they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Soul Harbour is an amazing organization. The unconditional love given by their minis is so good for the soul!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful organization, these mini therapy horses bring such joy. My special needs son and I had the pleasure to meet them. I thank soul harbor Ranch for everything they do.

1 cjorchid

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to volunteer with an organization that is an advocate for their animals and volunteers. Soul Harbour brings the best experience to those in need of animal therapy with experienced registered handlers and registered therapy animals.

2 Anne A.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the past 3 years with Jodie and horses of Soul Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program. It fulfilled my passions with service/volunteerism and horses. Integrity and professionalism of the leadership is what attracted me to volunteer. I am also aligned in the core philosphy of how the animals in the program are cared for and trained. This program impacts people of all ages and abilities. You can not help but enjoy being the moment with one of the animals of Soul Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Prpgram.

1 srn3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program is not only founded and lead by an extraordinary person, Jodie Diegel....all the volunteers and miniature horses share immeasurable joy, love, laughter, comfort in their community. This organization is the visionary and expert with regard to registered miniature horse therapy and has transformed the lives within and outside of their community. Best in class!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great program that has cute miniature therapy horses and dogs. Soul Harbour Ranch has amazing volunteers that do so much for their community.

1 Christi F.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A beautiful group of people and animals bringing comfort and joy to anyone who needs it. They have personally brightened my day before, and they continue to radiate their kindness throughout the community.

1 Terrie Peavey L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible people doing incredible work! Thank you for all that you do.