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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 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: 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.

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

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