For the love of fur
Our pet assisted therapy volunteers work with many Clay County, Florida nursing homes along with facilities in the surrounding northern Florida area. Every two weeks on a rotating basis, our teams currently visit eight scheduled facilities. The Clay Humane Pet Assisted Therapy Program allows the elderly to spend time with a loving animal while also providing socialization for the pet.
Facility residents anticipate our monthly pet assisted therapy visits as they benefit from the companionship of an animal, especially if they do not have access to friends or family. The volunteers of the Clay Humane Pet Assisted Therapy Team are always greated with enthusiastic faces upon arrival. Pet assisted therapy draws on the bond between animals and humans in order to help improve and enhance an individual’s quality of life in a nursing home.
Our pet assisted therapy dogs are registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a nationally recognized pet therapy organization. Each team has to go through testing before being registered and covered under their insurance policy. For more information on what it takes to become a registered therapy dog team, visit the Alliance of Therapy Dogs website and locate How to Become a Member.
Our team includes cats as well as dogs and we are always looking for qualified participants! Both two and four legged. If you feel your pet would do well with therapy dog testing and you would like to participate in the Clay Humane Pet Assisted Therapy program, call team leader Lori Coleman at (904) 276-7729 or contact us for more information.