KPETS-KEYSTONE PET ENHANCED THERAPY SERVICES
April 15, 2011
We first heard about KPETS when Karen and Sammy visited the hospital where I was an occupational therapist. Having a golden retriever(Poz, a 6 year old golden whom we rescued from the humane league at age 2), I immediately thought "Poz would LOVE doing this" as well as did all my therapist friends. My husband and I went to the pre-assessment and we knew KPETS would be a great thing for Poz, we were hooked. Poz passed all his assessments with flying colors and we were officially a KPETS team. Seeing the joy and happiness on people's faces when they see Poz coming is something that just brings such joy to our lives. We love Poz so much and to be able to share him with others and know what a good job and good work he is doing by just being himself and letting them pet him, is so rewarding. We absolutely LOVE KPETs and doing as much as we can to be involved whenever we can(which can sometimes be difficult with a very active 2 year old!). You can not imagine the smiles you can get from a visit or the stories you hear from others about their lives, their dogs and just their lives today. KPETS means so much to us, to be able to give back to our community is something we love. Poz is truly an amazing Golden and we are so happy to have him and can't imagine a day without him! Even better is being able to share him with so many others when we do therapy with him, it's the smiles on other's faces seeing him and knowing the joy it brings them, just absolutely amazing!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The smiles and outcomes you see in people you visit as well as the community. Therapy dogs and dogs in general just bring joy to everyone's faces not to mention all the health benefits that have been proven by visits by dogs(lower blood pressure, lower stress, etc)
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
More places to share our Furry therapy child with the community, there can never be too many!!
Volunteer & We volunteer with our 6 year old Golden Retriever(a therapy dog with KPETS).