TREATS AND SWEETS DAY
In honor of National Therapy Animal Day coming May 18, 2015, thousands of bakers will be breaking out their mixing bowls and whipping up some treats and sweets. Your participation in this year's Treats & Sweets Day will support Pet Partners in training and registering thousands of therapy animal teams who make over a million life-enhancing visits each year. Learn more at http://www.treatsandsweetsday.org or like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/treatsandsweetsday
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE PET PARTNERS HERO DOG
The first round of voting is now open through May 15 for the 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Individuals who are at least 18 years of age and reside in the United States may vote for one dog per category each day. This first round of voting will determine the top three semi-finalists in each of eight categories of extraordinary dogs. We are proud that the majority of nominees in the therapy dog category are registered Pet Partners. Please visit www.herodogawards.org to vote for your favorite Hero Dog.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Prior to his interaction with Wendy Roth’s therapy cat Tuna, Lee had not been communicative with staff since arriving at the hospital. However, when Tuna meowed a greeting to the elderly patient who had isolated himself from the rest of the group, he became mesmerized with the little cat. He gave Tuna gentle pats, kissed her on the head and whispered to her. During the visit, staff passed by to share smiles and looks of surprise. It was after his time spent with Tuna that Lee became much more responsive and engaged. He said that he felt happy when he held Tuna because “it reminded him of his life long ago in the Old Country.” Wendy’s therapy cats, Teddy and Tuna, are McLean Hospital’s first therapy cats. Staff have said their presence has been beneficial to their patients and bring a unique energy to their animal therapy program.
Help teams like Teddy and Tuna change lives by donating here.
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.
PET PARTNERS ONLINE STORE ACCESS
* 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 handlers; Have you created and ordered trading cards for your therapy pet yet? Children and patients love receiving the cards during visits as a way to remember their new friends.
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
After rough start, therapy cat helps spread joy, by Sarah Gollner. NWI.com, LaPorte, Indiana, March 22, 2015.
Animals prove to be stress relievers for students, by Miranda Patton. Northwest Missourian, Maryville, Missouri, March 19, 2015.
Tapping into the healing power or animal magnetism
, by Terri Colby. Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida, March 12, 2015.
Hero-Dog Honored for Services by Franciscan St. Anthony Health Staff
, Franciscan Alliance, Inc. Valpolife.com, March 12, 2015.
SAIL offers pancakes, puppy love during finals week
, by Katie Dunn. The Easterner, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington, March 12, 2015.
Find older articles about the human-animal bond in our News Archives