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ATD Message: 1 VISIT EVERY 3 MONTHS-WAIVER EXTENDED

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, prescriptionpets.org 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

“Lockdown”

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

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

RXPETS COVID-19 Update

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

3/8/20

 

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

3/8/2020

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


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