VOLUNTEERING WITH YOUR PET WEBINAR
Have you ever considered volunteering as a therapy animal team? Pet Partners invites prospective volunteers to attend a one-hour informational webinar (online interactive presentation) to learn about our Therapy Animal Program on Monday, November 17th at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. (6:00 Mountain, 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern). Led by experienced volunteer Susan Tiss with the assistance of Pet Partners staff, this session will cover the process for becoming a registered therapy animal team with your pet. Click here to register. View the technical requirements.
Time not convenient for you? View a recorded version of this session.
|TEAM OF THE WEEK
Meet Spurt, a Pyrenean Shepherd who has two Pet Partners teammates — Melinda and Randy Gaines of Pocatello, Idaho. Melinda and Spurt visit a local elementary school weekly where the school counselor brings in students whom she thinks need Spurt's special attention the most. Some children are from broken homes, some are dealing with bullying and some have special needs. Melinda told us about her most memorable visit; "As I entered the counselor's office with Spurt we found a child lying on the floor crying. I asked her if she was having a really crummy day and her head bobbed up and down, tears still flowing. I told her Spurt had a special gift and that if she ran her fingers through Spurt's long flowing hair she would take the girl's problems outside, shake them off and the wind would blow them away. Spurt got in her lap and waited patiently for the little girl to finger her hair and rearrange her natural mohawk. The child began to relax and said that she felt better as Spurt showed off a few tricks. Spurt and I see all the rotten adult issues that parents unknowingly place on their kids. For one hour per week we try help them cope."
PET PARTNERS ONLINE STORE REOPENS
Handler guides and branded merchandise for registered teams, licensed team evaluators and instructors may now be purchased online here. Login using your Pet Partners ID# (found on your badge) and a first-time password of petpartners. After you login you will be prompted to change your password and set a security question. We listened to your feedback and hope you find the new store more intuitive and easier to navigate.
* The store requires separate login credentials from our Online Community and our online course site. New teams will have access approximately one week after registration.
** Need assistance with placing your first order? CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you need further assistance.
THERAPY ANIMAL WEB PAGES AND TRADING CARDS
|Therapy Animal Teams; Have you created your pet(s)' webpage and ordered trading cards yet? It's a delightful way to share stories about your pet and create greater awareness about the benefits of animal-assisted interactions! Children and patients love receiving the cards during visits as a way to remember their new friends.
The webpage that you create will not only showcase your therapy animal, but will allow those visiting the page a convenient way to donate to Pet Partners and support our programs. We provide templates and step-by-step instructions that make creating a personalized page for your pet a breeze!
For more information, including pricing, click here. Note: You must be logged in as a registered Pet Partners volunteer to access the page.
IN THE NEWS
Wish List: Where to Donate Your Time This Holiday Season
, by Nicole Vranjican. New York Observer, October 29, 2014.
Therapy dog visits cancer patients at Cone Health
, by Chris Weaver. Fox 8 WGHP, Greensboro, NC, October 23, 2014.
Even an experienced therapy dog has "first" visits
, by Sue Grundfest. Examiner.com, October 22, 2014.
Adopt-a-Pet.com Facebook post
, October 18, 2014: Pet Partners team Chris Cecchetto and Gus.
Canine Brand Ambassadors Drive Animal Therapy Program
, by Julie Davis. American Marketing Association, October 2014.
Find older articles about the human-animal bond in our News Archives