We were proud to be invited to be a Break Out session for an internal conference hosted by UNLV. Both of our sessions were full and everyone was thrilled to not only meet several of our therapy dogs, but our therapy cat as well.
The discussion centered on the benefits and rewards of animal assisted therapy. We discussed the background of animal therapy, the difference between Animal Assisted Activitys and Animal Assisted Therapy, the different therapy testing organizations and Pet Partners in particular.
Everyone was especially interested in seeing the level of training and calmness of the animals. They were impressed with the handler’s knowledge of their animals and the clients we work with.
And everyone loved hearing our experiences and stories from the field.
We were asked to demonstrate two specific programs of the Love Dogs: how we work with stroke patients and our anti-bully initiative, Be Cool, Not Cruel.
The stroke patient demo was great because one of our volunteers is an occupational therapist we actually work with so she led the demo with Benny.
Then we asked the audience to pretend they were five or six years old and showed them a small portion of Be Cool, Not Cruel. This was the most powerful part of the presentation and everyone understood why we do what we do and how it impacts not only on the community, but the handler and of course, the animal.
The audience spent time with each therapy team hearing what they do on their regular assignments.
Then the audience was invited to go into the room next door to meet Nirvana, the very best therapy cat.
Thanks to all of our amazing therapy teams and volunteers for putting on a very special presentation.