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June 5, 2010

My dog and I have been members of Therapet for over a year now. It has been an amazing time for me and my dog.I enjoy being able to give back to my community while working with my dog.It is nice to know that you have made a difference in someone's day.I have also met some really nice,like minded people who enjoy sharing their animals and time for a common goal.I wish I would have joined years ago....and I'm sure we will be members as long as we can.This is a GREAT organization.

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During Animal Assisted Therapy you can see the patient attempting to do the exercise using the dog as a tool.It's great to see the smiles when the patient reaches their goal.Visitation is fun also.It's nice to bring a little sunshine to a patient's day.

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

Therapet allows me to give back to my community while working with my dog.

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

friendly and enjoy working with their animals like I do.

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

expand to cover many more areas while serving many more patients and special needs children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 5, 2010

When you go into a hospital room and you have a stroke victim unable to word associate and you bring a dog in with a weird name. Watching and helping him put the words together is priceless and a victory to the patient and the family watching. When you go to another room where the sick patient is a young father who has an exhausted wife and two very active childern in the room, the distraction to the family is a gift that costs me little but I know holds tremendous value. When you go to ICU and a young ladies grandfather is dying and she comes out and just holds your dogs and crys for a long time and then just stands and says "Thank You" and leaves, you know that you have allowed your animal to help patients, nurses, families any hospital visitor a few minutes of relief from the stress and emotional turmoil. AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES THERAPET SPECIAL AND WONDERFUL.

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I have a dog that does not fetch or do any of the other rehabiltative things that some Therapets do at other places, my dog brings smiles and hugs.

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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

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June 5, 2010

I worked as a Traveling Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant for HealtSouth and had the wonderful opportunity to be assigned to the one in Tyler, Texas! While I was there I was assigned to work with Patients on a daily basis with the Therapet Volunteers and their handlers. It was FANTASTIC! These anmimals and their humans give, and give, and GIVE. The Patients love being able to work with the animals and the progress with them is sometimes a miracle! The dogs and cats light up the Patients faces and encourage them to do more than they thought they could. The Patients are able to forget for a little while that they Hurt, are Sad, and focus on the animals instead. It has so many side benefits too, such as lowered blood pressure, raises mood, decreases stress. The Therapet program is truly a Blessing!

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

The progress made by Patients. The increased motivation to participate in Therapy treatment sessions.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 5, 2010

I am 12 years old and am a junior volunteer. I waited two years to use my dog I trained in the hospital. He is a very good dog and the patients love him very much. I love being a member of Therapet. It makes me feel lucky my family and I are healthy and it me feel I am making a difference with my dog.

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

learning to talk to older people and kids that are different then me. I think it is helping me become not as shy and I like sharing my dog with others.

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

Wish there were more junior volunteers that knew about this opportunity and would volunteer with us.

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

sharing my dog with others and watching it make a difference in them feeling better.

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

wonderful and I love the other members and junior volunteers in the program.

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

quit working so hard to make the money to keep it going every year and be able to work with the animals without worrying so much.

Ways to make it better...

I could have started volunteering earlier but the hospital requires junior volunteers to be at least 12.

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

people not understanding how much work goes into training the animals for the work in the hospital and the money it takes to run the Therapet

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

I love Therapet and I am looking forward to training my new dog for it this summer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 4, 2010

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June 4, 2010

Since 2003, I have served as one of the escorts for Therapet as they visit our patients and family members of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler . I have seen countless patients respond in such a positive way to the attention and care of these wonderful animals and their owners - smiles when there were tears, relief when there was pain, comfort when there was loneliness. Almost equally as special is the joy they provide to our staff of caregivers in an otherwise very stressful day. What makes this pet therapy organization different from so many others is the degree of professionalism and high standards they set for themselves. In all these years, we have not had one single negative incident. Therapet is such a respected organization here, they are allowed to visit patients in our Intensive Care Unit. I can't think of another non-profit organization that I respect more than I do Therapet.

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

their visits each year to our Texas Asthma Camp for Kids. Many of our children don't get the opportunity to spend time with dogs or horses becasue of their allergies. With Therapet, we teach them how to interact with the animals and how to respect them.

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

seeing all of the different animals - the faces of our patients with the Therapets and how well behaved they are in a hospital environment.

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

Outstanding individuals. Owners spend a year training their pets to participate in Therapet. Each animal must be bathed & brushed, teeth & ears cleaned, and nails clipped within 24 hours of a visit. They must be committed to participate & they are.

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

expand even further beyond our region in helping others to set up programs life Therapet. Shari has published a book and created a video on a shoestring to help get other organizations off the ground. She is a recognized expert in this field.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 4, 2010

Therapet has been a life changing experience for my dog and I. The act of sharing my dog with those that are ill or impaired in some way has given me a more positive perspective on people. Patients and those in need who show their love and gratitude for the simple kindness an animal gives them have reinforced my belief that all humans just want to be loved. Animals give that unconditionally. This group of people who love their dogs and animals and unselfishly share them with others is simple yet remarkable. The positive effects are not only shared by patients and those in need but also by the volunteers, staff and the animals themselves.

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

the positive rewards of helping others while sharing my dog. Also having a Greyhound dog that was adopted through rescue has exposed this breed to the public in such a positive manner that it has helped promote adoptions.

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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

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June 4, 2010

I joined Therapet 11 years ago and being a volunteer with this organization is an incredible experience. The joy, comfort and healing all the animals provide to patients, families and staff is truly wonderful.

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

working with my therapet at the children at Children's Therapy Services and seeing the amazing accomplishments and abilities that the dog can get the child to do that the therapist cannot.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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