Soft Touch Pet Therapy Program

A program which offers pet therapy visits to Amelia Island care facilities will be holding an orientation meeting on February 13, 2014.

Soft Touch Pet Therapy ProgramA coordinated program which offers pet therapy visits to Amelia Island care facilities including Osprey Village, Savannah Grand and Jane Adam’s House will be holding an orientation meeting on February 13, 2014, at 5:00 PM, at the Nassau Humane Society’s building near the airport in Fernandina Beach.

Volunteers are asked to commit to just one day a week, preferably after lunch, to visits that last no more than two hours.

A monthly schedule will be sent out and volunteers are asked to sign up for the times they are available. Once you make a connection with a facility and the in-house contact, you may visit at your own convenience.

Dog characteristics that make good therapy animals:
-Most people know whether or not your dog will make a good care facility visitors.
-Dogs of all sizes from Yorkshire terriers to golden retrievers and labs.
-The dogs love the attention the seniors give them and seem to be intuitive about behavior.
-People may bring their own dogs, or a friends dog.
-All dogs should be up to date on shots and licensing.

Don’t have a dog? Soft Touch Pet Therapy workw with the Humane Society and coordinates visits that will include appropriate shelter dogs (and maybe kittens!)

Training:
Guidelines will be provided. New volunteers will go with a seasoned volunteer the first time.

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