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     Prescription Pets

           Therapy Dogs


August 28, 2021

Dear Prescription Pets Therapy Dogs Teams,

Your Board of Directors had their monthly meeting last week. Here are the highlights

1.  Dan Perrine was elected to the Board of Directors. He is a great addition. Dan brings administrative, educational and nonprofit board experiences to our Board.

2.  Lee Padden has earned her Tester/Observer designation with Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Congrats to Lee!

3.  Please welcome Jana Hamblin and Gus to our group! She has had many years of dog handling, visiting and reading with the dogs at our Library.

4.  Status of the Shasta County Public Health staff visits: Looks like we will start off small. The coordinator wants to make it a pilot visit with one team. Marilyn Graham and Charlie have agreed to be in the pilot visit at the end of the month. If the pilot goes well, we’ll look at more visits.

5.  The 12-visit Program is still active. We will be combining your 2020 and 2021 visits in the tally for the minimum of 12 visits in 2021. In the 12-visit Program each visit and sponsored event earns a point contributing to 12 visits in a year. The 12 points earns a year rocker arm for the Prescription Pets pin. The pins and rockers are distributed at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Event.

5.  Tentatively, the Board is looking at hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Event in March of 2022. If you have any ideas for how to make this a special and fun event, let me know.

6.  The next “How to Become a Therapy Dog Team” workshop is scheduled for September 17, 2021. Check the website under Workshops for details. If you know of any interested people, let me know.

7.  This is a heads up that our group is participating in the Giving Tuesday fundraiser in November. This is a major fundraiser for us. More details will follow.

8.  Facility updates

  1. Fairchild Medical Center (Yreka) and Mercy Mt.Shasta - Debbie Laxague and Moon are on a substitute list to staff the front desks. Both facilities are small so it isn’t unusual to visit only 1 to 2 patients.
  2. LeBrun Adult Residential Care Facility - Janice Galloway reported that Le Brun currently is not open for visitors.
  3. Mercy Medical Center - Pam Ward reported that dog teams are visiting staff and patients.
  4. Oakmont of Redding - Diana Stockwell reported that there have been group visits for the last 2 months.
  5. Quartz Hill Post Acute Care - Diana said that there have been 2 group visits.
  6. R.E.A.D. Program - The READ program has been going very well. The dog/cat cutouts have been a big hit with the kids. The children are starting to ask for the animals by name. If interested, contact Pam.
  7. The Vistas - is still closed for visitors.
  8. Veterans Home - Lee Padden  reported that the facility was open with provisions but is now closed again due to COVID precautions.

Thank you for all that you do for our communities! Be safe out there!

Diana Stockwell, President

Prescription Pets Therapy Dogs


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RXPETS Therapy Dogs Update

Posted on April 1, 2021 at 1:40 PM

 Dear Volunteers,

Our facilities are looking toward to reopening for in person dog-team visiting with procedures to prevent COVID-19 infections. With regards to infection control and COVID-19 our volunteers always follow ATD procedures for a safe visit, CDC COVID-19 state and local rules and guidelines as well as each facility's policies and procedures. In addition the handlers and dogs/cat must be in good health when they visit.

Mercy Medical Center is ready to begin with our teams visiting their staff. Pam has sent an email to the Mercy Teams. To start visiting each volunteer will need to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination as well as current on Flu vaccination and recent PPD on record. If you would like to visit at Mercy Medical Center or have questions, contact Pam Ward at [email protected]

Redding Library will be meeting soon to discuss their plans for reopening for the R.E.A.D. Program. Contact Pam Ward [email protected] for questions or interest.

The Veterans Home is slowly integrating outside visitors. The VA Home is also requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, recent PPD, and current Flu Vaccination. For questions contact Lee Padden at [email protected]

Le Brun Adult Residential Care Facility is getting ready to be open for visiting soon. All residents and staff have received their second COVID-19 vaccination. Le Brun has the great distinction that no resident or staff contracted COVID-19! For questions contact Janice Galloway at [email protected]

Quartz Hill Post Acute Care, Oakmont Senior Living and The Vistas are not quite ready to open yet, but they will let me know when they are.

Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka is in the planning stages for the return of volunteers. Contact Debbie Laxague ([email protected])mailto:[email protected] for more information.

See below for the latest information from ATD. Let me know if you any questions or comments.

In sincere appreciation for your passion for fulfilling our mission of bringing the healing power of pets to our communities,

Diana Stockwell, President,

Prescription Pets Therapy Dogs


From ATD, 12/20/20


ATD continues to require members to follow the rules established by the facility you are visiting. Please also follow the state and local rules and guidelines set forth by the CDC. As stated in the Member Handbook, if any facility rules conflict directly with ATD, please contact the ATD office at [email protected] or (307) 432-0272 for guidance.

ATD is requiring that all members wear masks while on ATD in person visits.

Virtual (e.g. video) and no-contact (e.g. through windows) visits will continue to be counted as ATD visits. Leashes are not required if you are doing video visits from your home. Masks are not required if you are not in close physical proximity or face to face during ATD no-contact visits, but all ATD rules must be followed.

The requirement to visit at least once every three months continues to be waived.

The requirement that you must do a full retest if you have been inactive for 6 months is temporarily waived.

Thank you for all you are doing with your special dogs! Take care and stay well.

Alliance of Therapy Dogs

From ATD, 2/2021

RENEWAL REMINDERS Health Verification forms

January renewals are nearly complete. As the ATD office gets prepared for July renewals (which will open up in April) we want to make ALL members aware that we will be requiring the ATD Health Verification Form be turned in completed for all dogs registered with ATD.

The office will no longer accept vet records in lieu of the form at renewal. This ensures ATD has the correct health information for each dog at renewal. This form can always be found in your member portal under "download print resources".

PLEASE review the form before sending it in to the office, we receive hundreds of forms that are missing important details, have dates listed that are clearly added after the vet signed the form, lists expired dates, lists yes in place of the required date and so on. All these issues require follow up resulting in delays in the renewal process. Please help us all get through renewal faster by proof reading your forms before submitting them.

As always if you have any questions about renewal your 2021 Member Handbook is a great resource, if you can't find the answer to your question there do reach out to the office and they are happy to help.

ATD Message: New Portal

Posted on November 21, 2020 at 3:30 PM

New Alliance of Therapy Dogs Member Portal

The ATD board and staff are excited to share we are upgrading our office technology and member portal.  


What does this mean for ATD members? 

Username will be your email address & the initial password will be your member number.

 The portal will be found in the same place but will have an updated look. 

All old passwords will not work. 

You can reset password upon logging in if you wish to do so. 

You cannot use the same email for multiple members, every handler must have their own individual email account to access their online portal. If you need to update what you have on file with us please email the office to make that change. 

When is this happening? 

NOVEMBER 3, 2020

November 2nd we will take down our old portal and November 3 the new one will be in place. 

Where is the Member Portal? 

To access your member portal you go to and click on the portal button in the upper right hand corner. If you click on the button and nothing happens your computer pop up blocker is likely blocking it from opening. To work around this please click on the button with your RIGHT mouse button and then select "allow to open in a new window or tab". 


RXPETS Therapy Dogs Update

Posted on November 3, 2020 at 2:55 PM

September 25, 2020

Dear Prescription Pets Therapy Dogs Volunteers,

We hope that this email finds you well! While our facilities are still on COVID restrictions the Board of Directors have been busy researching ways to continue our important healing work while following social distancing practices. Below, read about some of these projects. For those who are in areas outside of Redding, let us know if you think any of these ideas would work for your community and we will help you with development.

R.E.A.D.® Program

We made two videos showing volunteers reading to their R.E.A.D®. dogs. They have been posted to our website and several Facebook pages:, Redding Library Facebook and Several volunteers have shared these on their personal Facebook pages. We encourage you to enjoy these videos. If you want to participate with your dog, please let me know by responding to this email.

Facility Visiting

A poster showing several of our therapy dogs with a message for our facilities has been made and will be placed in facilities until we can begin our live visits once again. In addition we have ordered life-sized poster cut-outs of three of our therapy dogs which will “tour” the facilities.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

There are plans being made for a special Appreciation Event. The event is to let you know how valued you are and to pass out rockers for your pins. This will be a surprise-package event via snail mail or personalized delivery. More information will follow soon!

Video Project

Another project we are developing includes collecting videos of our dogs playing, walking or doing anything entertaining for distribution to our facilities. Since many of the facilities have their own TV/CCC channels, they would LOVE to broadcast videos of our dogs. We are collecting videos now! If you would like to participate with your dog, please let us know by responding to this email.

An added note from Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD): “ATD is NOT suspending visits at this time due to the Corona Virus. Please follow CDC guidelines for sanitation and follow the facilities' procedures. We respect your decision whether to visit at this time.” Our group is following these guidelines.

Be safe out there!

Diana Stockwell, President On behalf of the Prescription Pets Therapy Dogs Board of Directors


Posted on June 5, 2020 at 2:30 PM

June 1, 2020

Messasge from ATD:

"We understand that no one has any control over what is happening nationwide with COVID-19. ATD waived the required 1 visit every 3 months beginning March 1, 2020 in hopes that visits could resume June 1 but that waiver is now extend until September 1, 2020. The subject will be revisited again before September and the decision will be made to resume the requirement or to still suspend it.  

ATD will not be suspending the 4 foot leash rule. A four foot leash with your arm extended is the necessary 6' for social distancing. The more leash you have the less control you have of your dog. 

We have many members doing drive by visits and parades, outside window visits, virtual visits, sending pictures or postcards to their regular facilities, getting poster cut outs made of their dogs to send to the facility to brighten their days and the creative list keeps growing daily. We are counting those as visits because they most certainly are sharing Smiles and Joy while also respecting the social distancing guidelines put in place by the CDC and facilities we visit. 

We are posting the attached Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 (click link for document) and other emailed updates about COVID-19 in the member portals under member resources. 

We know this is hard for everyone to navigate and we are all having to make our own choices about what is right for our family in our individual areas. 

Stay healthy!

The Board of Director and Staff

Alliance of Therapy Dogs"

RXPETS Therapy Dogs Update

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 10:20 PM

May 14, 2020

Dear Prescription: Pets Volunteers,


Hope that this email finds you well. May has come and is going fast as we continue social distancing and infection control procedures. I feel that we are very fortunate to live in Redding, a community that is relatively spread out and, for the most part, has functional social and health services.


Your Board of Directors met last week. We are continuing to work behind the scenes. Our Volunteer Appreciation Event and workshop will be rescheduled in the Fall. Our brochure and business cards are being updated. Our bylaws have been revised as well as position descriptions for the Board of Directors. A volunteer agreement document is being worked on. Pam is working on making a video which will showcase someone reading to a therapy dog. Also, check out our website, for some changes and additions. There is a new volunteer profile highlighting Beck Harral and Penny. The BLOG is now current containing emails that are sent out to our volunteers. Comments are always welcome.


Currently, other pet therapy groups are having the same problems that we are. Most have come to a near standstill. Some are using Zoom to visit with small groups and individuals. Therapy Animals of San Antonio are planning to restart, where/when it is safe to do so, with one-on-one visits. The R.E.A.D. organization reports R.E.A.D. teams are creating videos and online sessions where the handler reads a story while their R.E.A.D. dog rests along side listening. Other groups have created short videos of their animals listening intently so that a child can turn on a video and read to a virtual listening dog. Of course these vehicles do not have the direct human contact with the therapy dog which is so much a part of what we do. Pet Partners has introduced a new term: Animal-Related Engagement (ARE) to describe activities that keep people engaged with animals while in-person therapy animal visits aren’t feasible.


I would like us to think about what our organization will look like in the future with regards to COVID-19. Our mission is: To enhance the health and quality of life for our Northern California community by sharing the value of the human animal bond through animal assisted interactions. Do you have ideas that we can explore?


Stay safe, Diana

RXPETS Therapy Dogs Update

Posted on March 30, 2020 at 4:05 PM

Dear Friends,

Per the government’s extension of the distancing guidelines until 4/30/20, there will be no scheduled therapy dog visits for our group. We’ll revisit the guidelines in about a month. Stay safe out here! Diana Stockwell

In the light of hope, here is a poem from an Irish priest to reflect on.

Fr. Richard Hendrick - OFM (Irish Priest)

March 13th 2020


Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.


They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighborhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

to touch across the empty square,

Sing. ❤

ATD Message Re: 1 visit per 3 months

Posted on March 18, 2020 at 4:20 PM

March 16, 2020

Dear ATD members,


We understand that no one has any control over what is happening nationwide with COVID-19.  We will be waiving the required 1 visit every 3 months beginning March 1, 2020 in hopes that visits can resume by June 1, 2020. Anyone who had not met that requirement prior to March 1, 2020 will need to be observed one time in order to resume your visits.The subject will be revistied June 1, 2020 and the decision will be made to resume the requirement or to still suspend it.  


Stay healthy!

The Board of Director and Staff

Alliance of Therapy Dogs


Posted on March 15, 2020 at 4:35 PM

3/14/ 2020


Dear Prescription: Pets Volunteers,


As you know from governmental sources that there have been many directives issued to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Though the risk is low in Redding at this time, I am happy to see that proactive steps are being taken. Most of the healthcare facilities here have temporarily stopped visitors from entering including dog therapy teams. If you are planning to visit anywhere, please call ahead to check out the situation. As always we follow all facility procedures as well as our own infection control practices.


The Board of Directors had been planning our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event for April. We have postponed this event until it is safe to have a small gathering. We’ll keep you posted.


Diane Magic wanted me to let you know that the program at the First Methodist Church about her dog, Ebby, has been postponed.


If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.


Be safe out there!

Diana Stockwell, President,

Prescription: Pets

RXPETS Notice Corovirus

Posted on March 15, 2020 at 4:30 PM



Dear Prescription:Pets Volunteers,


Just want to keep your updated by sharing this email from ATD to their Testers/Observers. In this area that is Lyn Hamilton and myself. At this time we have not been contacted by any local facilities to discontinue visits. Please note ATD’s advise to follow each facility's procedures and the following:

"ATD is simply advising members to thoroughly wash their hands with soap regularly for at least 20 seconds, utilize hand sanitizers and cough and sneeze into a Kleenex that can be disposed of. All of these are easy and effective ways to avoid contracting or transmitting common colds, flu and other viruses. If you are not comfortable in doing a medical facility or doing visits elsewhere, we certainly understand and do not expect you to visit."

I will continue to keep you updated. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Diana Stockwell, President, Prescription: Pets



ATD Message Re: Corovirus

Posted on March 15, 2020 at 4:25 PM


ATD is not suspending visits.  We want all members to follow the procedures put forth by the facilities.  Check with the facilities in your area to see if they are suspending visits prior to your scheduled date and time.   ATD is simply advising members to thoroughly wash their hands with soap regularly for at least 20 seconds, utilize hand sanitizers and cough and sneeze into a Kleenex that can be disposed of. All of these are easy and effective ways to avoid contracting or transmitting common colds, flu and other viruses and refer to the CDC website. If you are not comfortable in doing a medical facility or doing visits elsewhere, we certainly understand and do not expect you to visit. 


The Board of Directors

Alliance of Therapy Dogs