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June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

My dog, Simon, has been a certified Therapet for almost 2 years, & we enjoy our volunteer work at the hospitals & local events. I have seen Simon put smiles on sick children's faces, let patients in ICU pet his head as they love on him, he has caught tears on his face while being hugged by patients or their relatives that received unwanted news.. As a volunteer I have witnessed not only Simon but other special trained Therapets help patients in our community by sharing their unconditional love for humans.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the emotional healing benefits that the Therapets have on my community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how much my pet enjoys working with patients & as I watch him work see the patient's benefit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I've been volunteering with my German Shepherd, Sadie, for two years now. My Flat--Coated Retriever, Kato, joined us last summer. We have enjoyed working with the other volunteers and patients so much that I am working on certifying a third dog, Texas, a Black Lab/Scottish Terrier mix. When the dogs see their capes and leashes, they know they are going to work. Their whole demeanor changes--they are very focused and attentive to the needs of the patient. It is an awesome experience to behold! I know having pets makes a difference in my life, but I never dreamed they could make such a difference to others. It is a humbling and sacred experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my family. When my brother was in a serious motorcycle accident over a year ago, not only did my dog visit him in the hospital, but others did as well. He still speaks of this experience today, and how uplifing it was for him in such a dark moment.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure all communities across the country had access to such a worthy group, which is one of our major goals in Therapet.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with my dogs to make such a difference in the lives of others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome! Not only are they animal lovers, but generous souls themselves.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go worldwide!

Ways to make it better...

I could retire from teaching and do this fulltime.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

time, money, volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Shari Curran is an angel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I joined Therapet when I was twelve, and have been having a great time training and serving with the animals ever since. My favorite place to volunteer is a local rehab center where patients do an entire session of brushing the dogs and throwing balls for them to retrieve as their therapy. The most amazing part of the whole process is getting to know the people you're serving, hearing their stories, and being able to help them through a difficult time in their life. The opportunity to bless other people is of itself a great blessing. I recently certified my miniature horse in the program, and am looking very forward to going to children's camps with him.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing patients improve thier fine motor skills and improved range of motion through time spent in Animal Assisted Therapy.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 27, 2010

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June 27, 2010

I have been involved with Therapet for many years and find that volunteering through this organization is a very positive and uplifting experience for those that we serve, as well as myself. I have seen the progress that patients make throughout their stay in the rehab hospital, and have seen the stress relief (if only for a few minutes)that family members and hospital staff get when they stop to pet or hug the Therapet animals. This unique organization makes a positive impact in the community through its rehab and visitation with patients, community events and many types of childrens' camps.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in the progress that rehab patients have made in range of motion improvement, cognitive improvement, and more...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the improvements to someone's health as a result of their working with an animal during therapy. Seeing smiles come to the faces of those in pain, or those that may be "down" due to an extended hospital stay.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always friendly and eager to share their animals in an effort to help others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

never have to worry about the cost of educating others on the benefits of animal assisted therapy; and share its education and training with even more people that it does now so that others could create similar programs in other parts of the US and beyond

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 22, 2010

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June 22, 2010

As a former hospital administrator, I knew the benefits of animal therapy being used in the healthcare setting. But...as a volunteer in Therapet...I am constantly truly amazed at the benefits of animal therapy. My dog and I have only been in the organization for about 9 months. I knew that my dog and I would make patients happy when we would see them in the hospital or rehab facility. But, I really didn't realize the impact that we would have on that patient's recovery both phycially and mentally. There aren't very many things you can do in life that when you are doing it...you know that you have made an impact on someone that day. I know that every visit I make to a healthcare facility, I have made an impact on at least one person. Therapet is a wonderful organization. Not only because of its leadership, but because of all of the wonderful animals and volunteers who graciously donate their time! Thank you Therapet!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally seen disabled children who seem to have no control over their actions or thoughts reach out to my dog...rub them and smile when therapists thought it would not be possible!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 19, 2010

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June 19, 2010

I've been volunteering with Therapet for 5 years and have certified 4 dogs through the organization. One of the most outstanding qualities of the Therapets is the level of training that the animals go through. These animals are all well behaved and participate in ongoing skills training and evaluation. This provides safety for the patients as well as the animals and gives me confidence that my dog is in good company while working. I can't begin to describe the feeling of fulfillment that I get from working with my dog through Therapet. I've always said that I don't know who get more benefit, the patient, my dog or me. It's one of the most rewarding things I've ever been involved in.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personal enrichment and the opportunity to share the enjoyment of my dog with others

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are all committed to a common goal of sharing our animals for the benefit of the patients that we touch. I've never been involved with a more focused and devoted group of volunteers

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 19, 2010

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June 19, 2010

My daughter and I have been involved in Therapet for almost two years. I have a mixed breed dog, Whiskey, who does visitaions, special needs camps and other activies. My daughter works with the mini horses. Working with Therapet is such a unique opportunity to share our special animals in so many different ways. Whether it's doing a hospital visit, special needs camp, rehab work or other activity my heart is always lighter when we are done. I still haven't figured out who gets the bigger blessing-the patients, my dog or me. Thanks to all of my Therapet friends for allowing us along for the journey

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles on childrens' faces.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 18, 2010

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June 18, 2010

After retiring 12 years ago my wife and I started looking for a volunteer organization that included working with our dogs. We are volunteer puppy raisers for a few service dog organizations and wanted to put the experience and training we learned to use here in our local community for those dogs that are our own pets. Therapet met this need and we have been volunteering now for many years. We especially like Therapet because the animals are required to undergo special skills training and temperament testing before going out in the public. We feel that these requirements put the Therapet organization far above any other animal therapy group. The results are very positve for those we visit with our dogs. It is especially rewarding to see the happiness and love that the dogs share with patients in hospitals. We plan to continue volunteering our services with Therapet for many years to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hospitals, prisons and children's organizations

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feedback I get from visiting hospitals with my dogs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceedingly knowledgeable about animals and the positive effect thay have on people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its expertise throughout the country.

Ways to make it better...

no comment

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

volunteering with Therapet is the highlight of my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 16, 2010

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June 16, 2010

I have been a volunteer with Therapet for about 5 years. I have a therapet dog and volunteer with him at various hospitals and psychiatric prison. I am also one of the miniature horse handlers. I am always inspired by how all of our Therapet animals affect and touch the lives of our patients and families. They calm fears, help relieve pain and take patients and families minds off their tragedies and worries for a while. We constantly hear stories from individuals who tell how at their lowest moments, a Therapet has come and lifted their spirits. I love working with this organization and it's wonderful volunteers, both two and four legged.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see how grateful the psychiatric inmates are for being allowed visits with our dogs. I also go to special needs camps with the horses and see the great results with the children with mental and physical challenges.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 15, 2010

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June 15, 2010

I think this is a fantastic organization that cares deeply for the dogs it trains and the community it serves. The joy and healing that the therapets bring to children, elderly, sick and imprisoned cannot be overestimated. The volunteers I have met are dedicated and enthusiastic.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the behavior and effect of my sister's therapet, Maggie, when she visits the elderly.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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