|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.
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: prescriptionpets.org, Redding Library Facebook https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1154522868254262&extid=YFdhonATT9fF6xsW and https://www.facebook.com/ShastaPublicLibraries/videos/726942378147545/. 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.
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!
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