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KPETS-KEYSTONE PET ENHANCED THERAPY SERVICES
April 26, 2011

My Golden Retriever, Hunter, and I jointed KPETS over a year ago. Hunter is only two years old but has the demeanor of an “old soul”. This “Old Soul” has melted the hearts of many children at the Shrewsbury Library’s “Tales for Tails”.
There are moments when five children are reading five different books all at the same time. Some will show Hunter the pictures in the books. One little boy was very shy to read in front of his parents. They decided to walk around the library while the boy sat and rubbed Hunter’s belly. There was a dog book sitting on Hunter’s blanket. I told the little boy Hunter had just finished reading the book and if he liked, he could read it to Hunter. The boy was slow at picking up the book. As the boy read, he would stumble through some of the words. I asked him to show the word to Hunter. I would then put my ear to Hunter’s snout. I would then tell the boy the word. He was so impressed that Hunter “could read”. This encouraged him that he decided to get another book to read. When his parents returned to the reading area, they were thrilled by the sight of their shy son reading to Hunter. They kept thanking me for breaking the shyness and shell that was surrounding their son. One dog, one boy, one book, one magical moment is all it took.

The Great!

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

watching the numbers of children grow who come to Tales for Tails. The regulars always return but it's exciting to see so many new faces who are eager to read to Hunter.

Ways to make it better...

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

It would be wonderful if larger organizations would fund this incredible organization. If only we would take a handful of potential donors and let them see first hand the challenges, goals and miracle moments the volunteers experience. Pet therapy is in such demand. We just need the funding to spead the service, love and fur.

More feedback

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Encourage people to include KPETS in their estate planning. Many of us would love to volunteer full-time for KPETS. Winning the lottery would definately make me change my life plans and come to KPETS full-time.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I don't know who benefits more from the pet therapy, me or the children. Being childless by choice I am able to spend more time with MANY children and make a difference in their lives by just being there with my dog and listening.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I have been in healthcare for over 34 years. Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy has been the most rewarding experience. My dog has made me a better person.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped a very shy boy break out of his shell and read to Hunter the Therapy Dog. .