July 27th 2009 7:27 am
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My meowmy and I have just been chosen by the Denver Pet Partners program (part of the American Humane Association and the Delta Society) to start training on becoming a Therapy Team to conduct animal assisted therapy (AAT) in the Denver and Colorado Springs area!
Pet therapy teams visit hospitals, schools, acute care, long-term care facilities, hospice care, etc., to assist patients and clients with their recovery and facilitate improved physical, mental, and social skills. Most therapy animals are dogs, but cats, horses, and other animals are also used in the program. Animals who are chosen for this work are required to have exceptional social skills and patience with all types of people. Meowmy says I was chosen because of my friendly, outgoing, yet sweet and calm personality. I like people in general, but I know how to be especially patient with little kids and the older humans.
Meowmy's part of the training with Denver Pet Partners will start in Aug 09, then both she and I will get evaluated later in the month to determine our readiness to be a pet therapy team. We will also work with an experienced therapy team facilitator for awhile until we are ready to visit facilities on our own.
Needless to say, if we pass and get certified, my meowmy and I will be the first sphynx cat/person therapy team in Colorado! Please wish us luck!!
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