NOMINATE A PET PARTNERS HERO DOG
Pet Partners is pleased to announce that we have been chosen as a Charity Partner participating in the 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. This annual competition recognizes dogs that perform extraordinary service in eight categories, including therapy dogs. Nominations accepted through February 25, 2015 and public voting for the three semi-finalist dogs in each category will take place between March 9 and May 15, 2015. For information, including your chance to nominate a Pet Partners therapy dog, visit www.herodogawards.org.
VOLUNTEERING WITH YOUR PET LLAMA 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, February 9th at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain, 4 p.m. Alaska, 3 p.m. Hawaii). Led by Mary Margaret Callahan, National Director of programs with experienced volunteer Niki Kuklenski, this session will cover the process for becoming a registered therapy animal team with your camelid. Click here to register. View the technical requirements.
Time not convenient for you? This session will be recorded for future playback. You may also watch a general session here.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Meet Montana, rescued from Montana's Large Animal Sanctuary by his handler Andrea Tibbetts of Hyde Park, New York. After 1 1/2 years of focused nutrition and handling, he has become a trusted and valued 4-H animal for community service work. Because of his docile and trusting manner, Montana and Andrea easily passed the Pet Partners evaluation in June 2013. Montana the llama has become known throughout Dutchess County due to his many community service hours, frequenting children's therapeutic and foster homes. He maintains his summer visits with local inner-city day care facilities and helps educate children about camelids. Montana is an amazing example of animals given a second chance in life and how they give back to others.
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.
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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
Managing a Therapy Visit Effectively, by Sue Grundfest. Examiner.com, January 23, 2015.
Virginia veterinarian honored for enhancing human-animal bond
, by Michael San Filippo, AVMA, January 13, 2015.
How to juggle therapy assignments
, by Sue Grundfest. Examiner.com, January 13, 2015.
Ziggy the pet therapy dog offers comfort to patients
. Stratford Star, Stratford, Connecticut, January 12, 2015.Dogs make for a good read
, by Amy Woodward. Golden Transcript, Golden, Colorado, January 6, 2015.
Find older articles about the human-animal bond in our News Archives