Getting the Most Out of "Pet Therapy" (Animal-Assisted Therapy)
August 20, 2014 6 -8:00 p.m. EST
Presented by Tufts Paws for People, the webinar will cover animal visitation from the various perspectives of those wanting to visit with their pet, of groups currently visiting with therapy animals, and facilities such as schools or hospitals that would like to start or improve their animal visitation program. Fee - $50, access for up to 1 year following the event. Additional information: Deb Gibbs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Coast (see also All Regions below)
The PNW region of HOPE Animal Assistance Crisis Response (AACR) is in the process of recruiting experienced Pet Partner teams for crisis and disaster work. HOPE AACR is a national organization that provides comfort & support to people whose lives have been affected by crises or disasters. Your dog must be at least 18 months old and you and he/she must have participated in at least 12 Pet Partner visits per year. You will need to attend an open house (can be via webinar), a 4 hour screening process and a 3 day workshop. The open houses and screenings will be scheduled soon and our workshop will be in Spokane, WA Aug 15, 16, & 17. Please contact Karen Hathaway, Regional Director at email@example.com if you are interested. Watch this video for more information.
College Dogs Seeks Volunteers
College Dogs utilizes registered therapy dog teams to visit colleges and universities in the Seattle metro area. Students away from family and friends, living in a new environment, facing tough academic challenges receive the support of therapy dogs to manage their emotional well-being. Since its inception, College Dogs teams have visited more than 5,000 students, faculty and staff. They are seeking more teams to keep up with the growing demand. More information at www.collegedogs.org. If interested, contact Barbara Kuznetz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Hardman at email@example.com for information.
Looking for Therapy Animal Teams for Operation Purple Summer Camps!
American Humane Association is partnering with the National Military Family Association again this year to provide Pet Partners Therapy Animal Teams for Operation Purple Summer Camps. These camps serve children whose military parent(s) have been deployed. Teams considering this opportunity should keep in mind that there may be hundreds of children attending the camps. Visits will be outdoors, unscripted, and as such, teams (both handler & therapy animal) need to be comfortable in a potentially noisy, chaotic environment. The handler-animal role at these camps will be to support those children struggling to engage with their peers to become part of the larger group and participate in camp activities. Therapy animal visits are scheduled for approximately two hours at various times designated by the camps.
This year, there will be eight camps only at the locations listed below. If you are interested in serving one of these camps with your therapy animal, please email Molly Jenkins, Research Analyst and Human-Animal Interaction Specialist at American Humane Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
• Your name
• Which camp you are interested in
• Your therapy animal’s name and breed/species
• Your Pet Partner ID number and expiration date
Once the camp dates get closer, more details will be available regarding specific times that camps have requested therapy teams.