VOLUNTEERING WITH YOUR PET WEBINARS
Have you ever considered volunteering as a therapy animal team? Pet Partners has three Volunteering with Your Pet webinars available for free on our online course site. Now is a great time to explore . . .
* Volunteering with Your Pet
* Volunteering with Your Pet Cat
* Volunteering with Your Horse
Our next live session is on Tuesday, January 20th at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (9 Eastern, 8 Central, 7 Mountain, 5 Alaska, 4 Hawaii). Click here to register. Never been to a webinar? View the technical requirements to see if your computer, tablet, or smart phone are compatible.
|TEAM OF THE WEEK
Meet Willa, a 3 year old Doberman who is a registered Pet Partners therapy animal team with her handler Rebecca Gatchel in Galax, Virginia. The team is quite active — they visit two schools, three libraries, a church, and a nursing home. This past summer they also volunteered at a summer camp for Family Preservation Services. The camp is for children with psychological problems or those in bad home situations. Also this past summer, Rebecca and Willa took and passed the course to become a HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response team. Their first assignment was at the Washington Navy Yard where teams were asked to help comfort those experiencing stress remembering the mass shooting there one year ago. “Willa is the calmest Dobe you’ve ever seen in your life,” said Rebecca, and it’s no wonder — the Galax Volunteer Fire Department welcomes the team every month for their training sessions. Willa is exposed to all of the firemen, the machinery, the sudden loud noises and the smells. Rebecca adds, “The fire department has been wonderful helping me train Willa for this work. They were also instrumental in getting us started with HOPE AACR.”
PET PARTNERS MAKES CBS DEBUT
Look for Pet Partners evaluator and board member Jack Barron and Rosie the therapy dog on CBS’s Lucky Dog to be broadcast Saturday morning, November 22. Lucky Dog features Animal trainer Brandon McMillan as he visits animal shelters across the U.S., rescuing unadoptable dogs. Back at the Lucky Dog Ranch, he goes to work turning the pooches into perfect pets. Rosie’s story is an inspiring one. Check your local listings for times. In some markets, the show may be broadcast on Sunday when there are conflicting sporting events on Saturday.
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 REOPENS
* 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
Doggone good therapy; Program helps students read aloud
, by Kristen Oliver. GainesvilleTimes.com, Gainesville, Georgia, November 26, 2014.
Pet therapy helps patients heal in Denver.
9News, Denver, CO, November 16, 2014.
Kitten Therapy: The Cutest Way to De-Stress,
by Amy Rushlow. Yahoo! Health, November 12, 2014.
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.
Find older articles about the human-animal bond in our News Archives