Pets for Life is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to share with others their love of animals and to share themselves. Animals are a common denominator through which people of all ages and capabilities can communicate and express their love.
As a Pets for Life volunteer, you are the integral part of our program and the very reason it has proven successful. The time you spend with the young, elderly, and disabled not only will bring joy to their lives, but will also enrich your own. There is much to be learned from those we serve, and we are excited that you have chosen to be a part of our program.
We look forward to working with you and hope that ultimately you will be able to say that by being a part of Pets for Life, you receive as much as you give.
Comments we've received about our pet therapy visits:
.....We saw a small smile from a comatose resident!
.....One resident recognized the dog at a distance and came over in his walker. He said, "This dog is my favorite. He always makes me happy!"
.....Thanks for all your visits this school year. We are looking forward to next year! Your program is wonderful!!!
.....An elderly patient commented that the pet was just what she needed today and said "The dog dried up my tears and gave me hope."
.....One nurse said, "I just love when it is doggy and kitty day!"
.....One of the oncology patient said, "Doggies are good medicine!"
.....A lady was sitting in her wheelchair just looking so sad. The volunteer, her dog and the nurse told her to look at the dog. She looked at the dog and the nurse had to help her pet the dog on the head. The dog put his head on her lap and she began to stroke his head. She looked up and smiled. The nurse began to cry with joy, as this was the first time the lady had smiled.
.....a comatose resident, that doesn't respond much, opened his eyes wider than normal when the pet's fur brushed against him.
.....a large family, celebrating a patient's birthday, loved the visit and took lots of pictures.
.....a lady in the waiting room said, "This is just what I needed today!"
.....everyone had a great time!! Several patients really missed their own pets.
.....one gentleman resident has struck up quite a friendship with the pet and is always eager to spend time with her.
.....residents remarked how much they miss their own pets that they had to leave behind when they came to a nursing facility.
.....our staff and patients love it when the pets come.
.....a resident that wasn't feeling well, perked right up when she saw the pets arrive.
.....the pets made a lot of people happy today.
.....while petting the animal, one resident said, "This is the best medicine for me!"
.....We are so thankful for your volunteers and their pets. The kids love them!