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April 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
April 13, 2011

I am so proud that Therapet is celebrating their 17th year or service and I am a part of this awesome organization. They work so hard to raise money to continue provide and growing this service. Way to go Therapet!

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

working with my dog and the mini horses at a variety of facilities and special needs camps.

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

hope they get more dontations so they can not work so hard at fundraising.

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

I learned about Therapet seven years ago while training my Golden Retreiver. He became a Therapet after passing his temperment test over six years ago and we have been volunteering since that time. It is a wonderful organinzation that touches so many lives with just the touch of these animals. It has been a tremendous oppurtunity for me to volunteer in my community. I am always amazed by what these animals do for people. I believe our community to be a better place because of the services we provide people at hospitals, rehab centers, shcools, and community events. It is a thrill when you walk into a facility with your animal and you hear people say - there goes a Therapet. This just reinforces my belief in the positive influence we have in our community.

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The facial expressions of patients and the thanks that comes from them and family members encourages me to conintue volunteering with this organinzation.

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

I would not make changes to this organinzations. Our policies and procedures are excellent and we strive to maintain the high standards we have set.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

Therapet is such a wonderful organization. It's totally dedicated to improving people's physical and emotional well-being through loving contact with certified Therapet animals. Our program is completely at no charge to the places we take our Therapets. All of our funding comes from items we sell such as our calendars and from grants we receive. I'm proud to be a Therapet volunteer.

The Great!

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

Working with my Therapets in health care facilities in East Texas

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

No changes

January 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 26, 2011

I have only been with Therapet for about a year and a half now. I have a Boxer named Roscoe. We love going to the hospitals and visiting with the patients. It makes people forget where they are and all that is wrong with themselves, even if it's just for a little while. It makes people who owned that particular breed of dog go back to their childhood. They tell you stories of the dogs they had while growing up. I have had so many people tell me that before we came, they were having a horrible day, or they were really in alot of pain that day, and the dogs made them feel better. We had one patient that we visited several times in one of the hospitals, he had cancer and wasn't doing well. I got a call that he had been moved to hospice and didn't have much longer to live. As one of his last wishes, he wanted Roscoe and 3 other Therapets to be at his funeral. Imagine the impact these dogs must have made on him to want them at his funeral. Every time we visit, I am still amazed at the reaction people have to these animals. I could go on forever about the joys of working with this group.

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hospital settings

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

not make any changes

January 22, 2011

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January 22, 2011

I have been a volunteer with Therapet for 15 years. Therapet has allowed me to watch my dogs perform miracles in front of my eyes. Meeting a different dog each day during a week of therapy allows patients to see a wide array of breeds and types of dogs but because my Hannah reminded a little lady of the dog she had as a child she began to speak. I have witnessed my Abby bring comfort to grieving family members after loss of a loved one. I have seen smiles come to faces that are sad and hurting by the cute sashay of my Annabelle. I have seen the stress-fill body of a child completely relax by the warm fur of my dogs as they lie perfectly still while the child rests next to them.

Therapet has provided my dogs wonderful opportunities to use their gifts of love to reach hurting people of all ages. Therapet has allowed me to indeed be witness to miraculous wonders.

The Great!

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

watching my dogs reach out to the sick and hurting people with their unconditional love. Therapet has provided the education, training, and guidence to make all this possible for me and my dogs.

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No organization is perfect and there is always room for improvement; however, the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Medical Director are doing a wonderful job and all very approachable and have an open door policy that I have always found accepting of any questions or concerns that I have ever had.

January 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 22, 2011

I Love Therapet. It is a wonderful organization that continues to serve the community in amazing ways. The program has now expanded to working with children that have problems reading, and children who have dealt with physical and sexual abuse. I can't wait to see what the program will offer next and enjoy every minute I spend with this organization.

They in no way accept money to cover any grooming fees as reported earlier. We groom, train and volunteer with them without any compensation except the gratitude from the patients, families and staff. Therapet has never talked to anyone in the Chapel Hill about a program and that is concerning.

We work extremely hard to fundraise to cover our costs and I am proud to volunteer with these individuals.

The Great!

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

Having the animals work with my family members and making an incredible difference in their lives.

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

Hope that more sponsors become available so less time is spent on fundraising and more time is spent on doing what we really want to do which is volunteering in the community

November 18, 2010

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November 18, 2010

Therapet is less than truthful when they talk about offering their services at no cost to the facility. They are asking the community to pay for so-called costs associated with gooming animals for visits. Chapel Hill schools are asking local businesses to donate $45 to cover supposed costs for animal gooming per visit. This is supposed to be an all volunteer group. Thus any costs would be absorbed by the individual volunteer. As far as I am concerned, this group is all about money and ego gratification. They undercut legitimate non profits who really need funding for the charitable work they do.

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

hospital settings.

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

have their leadership wake up and be accountable for donations.

July 2, 2010

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July 2, 2010

I have been involved with Therapet for 9 years. Because of these Therapets, patients and their families experience an unexpected break from the stress and trails associated with the circumstances that brought them to the hospital or rehab facility they are admitted to. As you can imagine these circumstances are usually unexpected and difficult life occurrences. It has been both humbling and rewarding to serve my fellow man through the sharing of these animals that God loans us for an all too brief time.

The Great!

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

Sharing Kady with patients and experiencing their appreciation

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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 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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The Great!

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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The Great!

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

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