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Regional Opportunities


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 karob34@netzero.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 bkuznetz@comcast.net or Laurie Hardman at aguak9@aol.com for information.


Conference Opportunity in California
Prescription: Pets (Rx:Pets) is hosting “Beyond the Basics 2014”, an educational conference Redding, California on March 14-15. The purpose is to provide continuing education for therapy animal teams and READ teams to advance their AAI skills already in practice. For more information call Rx:Pets at 877-276-9161 or email donnaconrad@shasta.com

West (see also All Regions below)


Transforming Trauma: Research Developments and Methods for Trauma-Informed Animal-Assisted Interventions
Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. 
Date:  May 7-8, 2014
A unique opportunity to discuss trauma, animal-assisted interventions and child maltreatment, post-traumatic stress disorder and crisis response.  Register now at www.alumni.du.edu/ihacconference.  For more information: www.portfolio.du.edu/iahcconference.

Midwest (see also All Regions below)


Conference Opportunity in Ohio
Animals for Life Foundation is hosting the 2014 Animals For Life Forum on April 9th in Cincinnati. The Forum will feature a full day of speakers, presenters and panelists speaking to the diverse interests of attendees, including animal-assisted therapy, human-animal interaction, and companion animals, including keynote speaker New York Times best-selling author, Jon Katz. For more information and to register go to: www.aflforum2014.eventbrite.com.

All Regions


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 molly.jenkins@americanhumane.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.


State

City

Start Date

End Date

FL

Inglis

6/15/2014

6/20/2014

IN

Princeton

6/29/2014

7/3/2014

CT

Andover

6/29/2014

7/4/2014

NC

Hendersonville

6/29/2014

7/4/2014

NC

Parkton

6/29/2014

7/4/2014

CA

Santa Barbara

7/7/2014

7/11/2014

AK

Cooper Landing

7/13/2014

7/18/2014

WV

Highview

8/10/2014

8/17/2014


Looking for Therapy Animal Teams for Military Family Retreats and Healing Adventures!
American Humane Association is partnering with the National Military Family Association again this year to provide Pet Partners Therapy Animal Teams for weekend retreats for families who have a service member who has recently returned from deployment, as well as healing adventure retreats to support returning wounded service members and their families. Teams considering these opportunities should keep in mind that there may be up to 100 people attending the retreats. Visits will be outdoors, unscripted and as such, teams (both handler & therapy animal) need to be comfortable in a potentially noisy, chaotic environment. Teams attending healing adventure retreats also need to be conscientious and careful when interacting with wounded service members. The handler-animal role at these retreats will be to support families who are reintegrating their military parent back into the family and help motivate them to participate in camp activities as they are able.
This year there will be two family retreats and one healing adventure retreat at the locations listed below. Therapy animal visits are scheduled for approximately two hours at various times throughout the retreat dates – these visit time periods are designated by the retreats and have not been determined yet.
If you are interested in serving one of these retreats with your therapy animal, please email Molly Jenkins, Research Analyst and Human-Animal Interaction Specialist at American Humane Association, at molly.jenkins@americanhumane.org with the following information:
        •    Your name
        •    Which retreat you are interested in
        •    Your therapy animal’s name and breed/species
        •    Your Pet Partner ID number and expiration date
Once the retreat dates get closer, more details will be available regarding specific times that retreats have requested therapy teams.


  Retreat Name

Retreat Type

City

Dates

  YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly

Family Retreat

Black Mountain, NC

5/9/2014-5/12/2014

  Teton Science Schools

Family Retreat

Jackson, WY

6/30/2014-7/4/2014

  Island Wood

Healing Adventure

Bainbridge Island, WA

5/15/2014-5/18/2014

 

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Seattle / Bellevue, WA

For more information, please contact Jayne Ryan at jayner@petpartners.org or (425) 679-5503.

Portland / Vancouver, OR

For more information, please contact Lisa Zeiner at lisaz@petpartners.org or (360) 566-7486.

New York, NY

For more information, please contact Nancy George Michalson at nancyg-m@petpartners.org or 
(212) 535-2211
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