Square Peg: Where Everyone Fits

Categories: Blog, Humane Education, Special Cases

Each semester, Marin Humane welcomes a group of students into our Student Service Clubs. These animal-loving students spend the semester learning about Marin Humane become animal advocates through their work. Middle and high school students in the Junior and Senior Roots & Shoots clubs develop a community service project to guide their semester. These clubs are part of the national Roots & Shoots program started by Dr. Jane Goodall.

For this semester’s project, students decided to invite a variety of speakers from different animal-involved organizations to teach us what they do. You can watch new installments of these virtual interviews every week and more from the Student Service Club blog.

After learning about how Marin Humane uses Animal-Assisted Therapy, our Junior Roots & Shoots club wanted to know about how horses can be used as therapy animals. In this interview, we meet with Rebecca Knopf from Square Peg Foundation. Using retired race horses, Square Peg provides therapeutic riding sessions for kids and adults who benefit from adaptive riding techniques at their locations in Half Moon Bay and Sonoma, CA. Their students and families bring a variety of diagnoses including Autism, ADHD, and anger or anxiety. Square Peg aims to remind all of us what makes us different and what makes us special.


About Julia Cole

Julia Cole is the Humane Education Coordinator for Marin Humane. Julia is an experienced classroom teacher with a Master's Degree in Education and a passion for animals. She shares her home with a menagerie of rescued animals.