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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


Prescription: Pets News

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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.

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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 ...

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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...

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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 t...

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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.


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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)

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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 mad...

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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 chec...

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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 leas...

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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 t...

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