Therapy Cat Series: Hugs and Christmas Cards

Rainy and I are having fun this December making personalized Christmas cards. Throughout the fall, I’ve also learned how to use a Clik Stik and worked on training Rainy to be more of a lap cat. Rainy and I were certified through Love on a Leash, but we’ve been also trying to pass the test items from other pet therapy organizations. Prior to taking Rainy to retirement living centers, Andy helped me test her on the items that are part of the Canine Good Citizenship test such as being comfortable with distractions. This fall, some of my friends helped me … Continue reading Therapy Cat Series: Hugs and Christmas Cards

Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog Ministry

Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog Ministry is a national ministry that uses purebred Golden Retrievers to bring comfort. Currently, there are over 130 L.C.C. Comfort Dogs serving in more than 20 states. L.C.C. operates two training facilities in Illinois and Nebraska. According to Don Moeller, the idea for the L.C.C. Comfort Dogs ministry began in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. L.C.C. emergency response teams noticed that while many agencies helped the people devastated by such natural disasters family pets were often neglected. At that time, Lutheran Church Charities acquired several pure bred Golden Retrievers. Three years later, when a shooting happened … Continue reading Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog Ministry

Saunders County Lost Pets Rescue Offers Pet Therapy

Saunders County Lost Pets is an all-volunteer non-profit that offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to help both animals and the community through pet therapy. SCLP grew from Wilcox’s personal loss. The family had removed part of their fence to lay down some sod in their yard. Two of their Labrador retrievers were in the yard with them and took off. Wilcox looked for them for years, even driving around to other agencies for months and months, but she never found her dogs. “Before that day, I had never given any thought to homeless pets or strays,” Wilcox said. “I … Continue reading Saunders County Lost Pets Rescue Offers Pet Therapy

The Debate Over Assistance Animals and Credentials

Service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy pets are three terms that have caused a lot of controversy in the news. One reason is the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, even though they have distinct functions. Another reason is the existence of fake credentials. Finally, there’s disagreement over what type of credentials there should be and what form they should take. Definitions Service Animals: According to the American Disabilities Act, service animals are “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” … Continue reading The Debate Over Assistance Animals and Credentials