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PRESCRIPTION PETS THERAPY DOGS UPDATE


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 prescriptionpets.org 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 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

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