Therapy Pets is a non-profit organization designed to educate and entertain the community. Therapy Pets is made up of volunteers and their pets who visit schools, nursing homes, libraries, and local events.
There is no special breed or lack thereof that makes a therapy pet. He/she must be friendly to people and other dogs. They must have nice manners, walk on a leash, and pass a therapy test provided by Therapy Dogs, Inc. It is a real bonus if he/she can do a trick, but not necessary. There are a few therapy cats. These are very rare.
Demonstrations concerning the proper method of dog obedience, dog training, dog care, proper handling, etc. are given at libraries and schools to educate children. Patients at nursing homes are not able to enjoy having a pet. Therapy Pets enables them to interact with pets. Therapy Pets goes to Vacation Bible School, church groups, malls, Children's Hospital, Field Days and any place where people are gathered together. We presently visit Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation. We participated in a walk-about at Camak Train Day. Therapy Pets has done a demonstration at Freeman Elementary School and Warrenton Library.
Not only is Therapy Pets a great asset to the community, it is a rewarding experience for you and your pet. If you have the time, the desire and a suitable pet, or are interested in having Therapy Pets visit your group, please call Ann Sprinkle at 706-465-1711.