June 9, 2010
The numbers of patients, staff, and visitors my dogs and I have touched by volunteering with Therapet over the last 16 years are uncountable. The miracle of healing, the restoration of hope and the advancement of health by bringing my animal to the bedside of a patient transcends words. Yet, I will try to share some of my most memorable moments I have been witness to by volunteering with my dogs for Therapet. An unconscious patient strokes my animal’s fur coat, making a "conscious" movement for the first time. A blind cancer patient recognizes my dog through only his touch. A child stops crying and smiles as my dog distracts her from the painful procedure. Her parent gratefully mouths thank you. A young boy gets out of his hospital bed to walk my dog for the first time since surgery. His nurses declare it a miracle! A stroke patient, struggling to regain their speech, is able to whisper the word squirrel. She smiles as my dog barks in response. These memories are but a few of the hundreds, possibly thousands of times my animals have made an impact on the life of another fellow human being. This organization has impacted me deeply. I am honored and humbled to be a part of Therapet and to share my animals in this most unique way of providing health, hope and healing .
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
providing health, hope and healing. Therapet is committed to the safe practice of animal assisted therapy. Their willingness to provide resources and establish standards has provided health care professionals with tools to assist their patients to heal.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
sharing my therapy dogs with others.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Advance the science of the healing power of therapy animals.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & I've volunteered with Therapet since the beginning of this organization.