After finding Bailey on the street in the winter of 2010, I quickly became aware of his gentle nature and effect on myself and everyone we met. One day at the dog park, I learned about Actors & Others For Animals and contacted Stephanie about Bailey possibly becoming a Therapy Dog. She was wonderful and informative! Bailey first had to pass a 6-week beginner dog training class, and after he completed that, he was brought to the Actors & Others For Animals office for an evaluation. They loved him! He has a great combination of energy and gentleness, so he's both energetic and calm. He is not bothered by loud noises or crutches/walkers, adapts well to new environments, and is very good with strangers. Stephanie got us in touch with the Sherman Oaks Hospital patient activity co-ordinator, and after I filled out the proper volunteer forms, and completed the other volunteer requirements, she and another Pet Therapy volunteer escorted Bailey and I around the hospital for our first visit. It was great! Among the many patients we visited, one that truly stood out was an elderly blind woman who laughed like a young girl when I picked Bailey up to meet her and he licked her nose! How sweet! Thank you Stephanie and Actors & Others For Animals for this opportunity to volunteer with your Pet Therapy program! ~ Monica & Bailey ~ : )
my name is yofi i am a Bernese mountain dog (4 years old, CGC and a TD). My moms name is Reviva. We wanted to do voluntary work. we contacted Actors and Others for Animals and were welcomed so graciously by Stephanie and . I passed my test and impressed everybody with my great personality. We are going to work at West Hills Hospital under the guldens of stephanei .We are looking forwards to continue working as volunteers and we want to thank this great organization for a wonderful experience and opportunity to learn and grow and contribute with much bark appreciation Yofi
"Actors and Others for Animals" has filled a need in my dog’s and in my own life, while allowing us to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
Their Pet Therapy Program and its skillful volunteer coordinator make volunteering easy and so fulfilling.
My dog, Perry, has a very strong work ethic and was constantly searching for his "job". I was perfectly happy with his companionship, but he needed more.
One day I stumbled upon information about the "Actors and Others for Animals" Pet Therapy Program. It was a perfect fit.
Perry delights in greeting his friends, collecting smiles, doing tricks and generally basking in attention but he never seems to forget that it’s about making the patients feel better. Sometimes that means just lying quietly with them or giving them a reason to stretch out their hand and pet him.
I’m grateful the Actors and Others for Animals Program lets us do this.
I have been volunteering for Actors and Others for Animals with my black lab, Jack. It is a wonderful organization in helping all animals and their owners. Jack was trained at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Raphael, California. He did not pass because they said he was timid in traffic. He is a perfect dog, very well trained and loves EVERYBODY! He was "interviewed" at Actors and Others by Stephanie Park, who is a wonderful volunteer and has been with the organization for years. He passed their test with no problems. We have been visiting convalescent hospitals and this has been very gratifying. The patients love Jack and yesterday when we visited, a woman told Jack that he made her day! He has his regular fan club and some patients want a picture of him. They may not know my name, but they all know Jack.
Actors and others makes all this possible and I really can't begin to say what a wonderful organization this is.
Carole Cohen and Jack
Stephanie Park from Actors & Others for Animals performed a Pet Safety puppet show for children at our branch library and it was an awesome success! Stephanie is an excellent presenter, very knowledgeable about pets (specifically dogs and cats), pet care, and particularly pet safety and pet owner safety. She interacts very well with children and uses humor very well in the presentation which is very useful in keeping the young audience engaged. Her information is excellent and the tips she gives about how to behave around pets is vital for children to know when they encounter dogs that they do not know. I recommend this group and Stephanie Park to any community library or center that wants to present a fun, informative and beneficial program to their community.
Recently, I lost my job and my health took a turn for the worse. My unemployment ran out and waiting for disability can take a long time. My food stamps only covers human food, and I have a dog and two cats. With no income, it was getting harder and harder for me to get by. I wasn't sure what I was going to do about affording food for my "babies". And then I heard about Actors and Others for Animals. I told them of my situation and they were only to happy to help me. The next thing I knew I was getting 40lbs of dog food, cat food and cat liter! It was a God send! I can never thank Actors and Others enough for what they did to help us. God Bless you all for the work you do!! Times are tough enough for us humans, without having to see our pets suffer too. It's nice to know they have someone on their side, looking out for their interest. On behalf of all us, thank you - Lisa, Playful, Willow and Angel.
I first connected with Actors and Animals when I picked up a pit bull running loose in the neighborhood. The group helped me get him neutered.
Through that process, I learned about the animal therapy program, and I've been volunteering ever since with my dog Melita at a convalescent home. We have wonderful relationships with many of the long-term residents there. Actors and Others has been hugely supportive finding the location, providing insurance, providing name badges and t-shirts, and periodically checking in to see how things are going.
I've been a volunteer for Actors and Others for about ten years, and have spent eight of those visiting patients at a senior care facility with my Aussie Shepherd mix, Benny. Many of the patients suffer from dementia, or live with the long term effects of diabetes, have had strokes, and are there for permanent care; most never return home. Over the years many of the friends we've made have passed away, and even Benny is my second pet therapy dog who has been trained for this work. But patients love to see us, and they especially love Benny, who is very gentle and affectionate, and often reminds them of their own dogs. Seeing him brings a spark to their eyes and warms their hearts. We would not have been able to do this without Actors and Others for Animals' support; they help coordinate my volunteer services and make sure all the paper work and insurance is in place. I couldn't have done this work for the last ten years without their support.
2 MONTHS AGO, THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, A 9YR OLD MINIATURE PINSCHER NAMED PETRIE, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES. THE TESTS AND VET VISITS LEADING UP TO HIS DIAGNOSIS HAD ALREADY EXHAUSTED MY FUNDS AND I WAS UNSURE OF HOW I WAS GOING TO PAY FOR THE INITIAL COSTS OF TREATMENT THAT WAS NECESSARY TO STABILIZE PETRIE'S CONDITION. I WAS COMPLETELY DISTRAUGHT, BEWILDERED, AND FEARFUL OF LOOSING MY BEST FRIEND. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS THE RELIEF THAT CAME, WHEN I RECEIVED A CALL FROM BEVERLY OF ACTORS AND OTHERS FOR ANIMALS, INFORMING ME OF THEIR PLEDGE TOWARDS PETRIE'S CARE. SHE ALSO GAVE ME A LIST OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS TO CALL, AND ALTHOUGH MOST OF THEM WERE UNABLE TO HELP OUT FINANCIALLY, I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET A WHOLE NETWORK OF COMPASSIONATE PEOPLE, ALL OF WHICH OFFERED ME ADVICE AND PERSONAL INSIGHT FROM THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES. SINCE THEN, PETRIE'S HEALTH HAS IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY, I HAVE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE HIS DOG FOOD, AS WELL AS LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT A DISEASE, THAT I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT! ALTHOUGH; HE IS INSULIN DEPENDENT, I CONSIDER MYSELF VERY FORTUNATE THAT IT'S A DISEASE THAT CAN BE MANAGED. I CANT EXPLAIN HOW MUCH THIS ORGANIZATION HAS GIVEN TO ME, AS YEARS ADDED TO YOUR "CHILD'S" LIFE, ARE IMMEASURABLE !!!! I WILL REMAIN FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THEIR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY... THEY ARE SIMPLY WONDERFUL!
Actors and Others for Animals is an AMAZING organization that has been around since 1971. The list of celebrities alone that are attached to this phenomenal organization show how passionately the acting community has rallied to support the tremendous work that AOA does for animal welfare. But it isn't just an organization for actors--any one that cares about our sweet animals and their welfare--couldn't pick a better organization to donate to and be connected with. I was brought into the fundraising committee by a dear friend, Jackie, a couple of years ago. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of this wonderful group. If you are not familiar with them please check them out--our animals need your help!
I first became aware of Actors and Others for Animals in the 80's when I was asked to MC a fund raiser. Over the years I have continued to follow their services and the difference they make in the community. I am not honored to be a volunteer with them and have seen first had the good work they do. I couldn't recommend them if I didn't believe in the work they do...and I do.
The largesse recently shown to my service animal, a Siberian Husky named Handelman's Misty, by Actors and Others for Animals overwhelms me. It came at a time when I found myself coping with a temporary medical disability on top of my "regular" total and permanent
disability. Thus funds were beyond tight. And Misty's surgery could not
be delayed another month. From my first telephone contact through my
navigating their web site to the rather quick response with their decision
and pledge amount the entire process was not only professional but also very caring. These people exemplify the quote from Gandhi: "What use is it in having a very fine mind unless it is connected to an equally fine heart." Their history shows this and they should be very proud of their work that led to the elimination of decompression chambers in California. Always they will have my gratitude and my checks whenever I get this erstwhile "break" that has nearly killed me.
I agree to what every one had to say here before...Actors and Others for Animals has been a God sent help when we were in desperate need with getting finances together to take care of our sweet dog Luna. She got hit by a car and ended up with a fractured hip; They were there for us and most of all... for Luna and her need for surgery like nobody else. Especially Beverly, she was kind and friendly and understanding from our first phone conversation and with all the information she was able to give us. Most of all...she gave us "hope" and the feeling that all will be good. Once we were through with the bureaucracy ...it was all about getting the help fast to the hospital where Luna was taken care of. That made a big difference for all of us. Without their timely help, we would have not been able to take care of Luna's needs and the surgery that she needed and being able to get back to the life that she deserves. From the day we adopted Luna, almost 3 years ago, out lives changed completely; our lives are filled with joy and happiness on a daily base but she also helped us become much better human beings. And I strongly believe, that's what animals do to us - and that's why Actors and Others is such a wonderful organisation and has such great and compassionate people working there.
Luna is on her way of recovery now and doing great.
I would do all and everything possible for Actors & Others for Animals from voluntairing with time, help and hopefully soon also with money to make sure they can help a lot of other people and their pets as well. They understand how important these pets are for us people and the care we love to give them in return - for what they do to us that's the least we can give back in return.
Looking at our dog Luna I wonder..."who rescued whom"?
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts - please keep up the great and fantastic work. Because of people like you the world is a better place.
Maurizio and Craig
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Our family dog "Burbujas" was in need of an emergency surgery in order to save her life. We were referred to Actors and Others for Animals by our veterinarian's office. Every one and Actors and Others for Animals were very helpful and kind to our family. They went above and beyond to help us in our time of need. Beverly, one of their staff members, took the time and dedication to call us to see how our doggy was doing. This gesture meant the world to me and my entire family. It is one of those gestures that it priceless.... It is hard now a days to find an organization such as Actors and Other for Animals that is as dedicated and devoted to the cause they stand for. I can honestly say that they have touched the lives of every single member of our family. Like I mentioned to Beverly, in one of our phone conversations.... if I ever was to win the Lottery, and obtain any monetary riches I would not hesitate in donating as much as I could to this wonderful organization so that they can continue helping other families like mine.
I can personally say that I feel for ever grateful to this organization and like I mentioned to Beverly... if they ever need help with anything from volunteering to even possibly making small monetary donations.. they can count me in. THANK YOU Actors and Others for Animals for all that you have done for me and my family.!!!!!
"Burbujas" and the Chavez family :)
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