In 1982, a Task Force on Companion Animals for the Elderly
enlisted the support
of 30 state, federal, and community
agencies and organizations to hold the
first Arizona Conference on Companion Animals for the elderly.
One of the results of that conference was the formal
establishment of the Companion Animal Association of
Arizona, Inc. (CAAA) as an Arizona non-profit corporation.
In 1983 Arizona state legislation was passed enabling elderly
residents in public housing to keep pets. 1984 brought an amendment
to the law allowing pet ownership by disabled persons in public
housing. CAAA acted in a "watchdog" capacity to ensure that
these new rights were upheld.
CAAA continues its commitment to elderly and
disabled persons with special needs relating to companion
animals and the Human/Animal Bond through the
Pet Therapy and
Pet Grief Support programs.
CAAA maintains a network of community volunteers
and has a cooperative working relationship with agencies,
organizations and veterinarians throughout the state
serving persons with special needs.