Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | April 30, 2008

Animal Assisted Therapy – The Pet Power Program!

Lilly - Cool Author

Lilly - Cool Author

Hi my name is Lily and as gentle natured, social, and people-loving cat I have been nominated as a potential candidate for the Second Chance Humane Society Pet Power Program. Pet Power is a form of what is most commonly referred to as Animal Assisted Therapy – a growing practice in which pets like me are enrolled to help people in various ways.

 

Through Animal Assisted Therapy programs it has been researched and discovered that pets can provide many positive physical health benefits for people with problems like high blood pressure and other heart risks, as well as emotional issues such as depression and anxiety. This healing modality is becoming more prevalent in nursing homes, juvenile rehabilitation facilities, correctional facilities, hospitals and more.

 

These programs are quite powerful and remarkable and many people are astounded by how well pets can work wonders with people in need. Also, pets like me really thrive when we know we are being helpful to others. And the benefits to a shelter pet like me are even greater – getting out of the shelter and socializing with people is so invigorating and I am excited by the very thought of it!

 

Just ask my friend Trekka, an Australian Shepherd mix used to work on an Indian Reservation with kids who had been abused. These kids are often reluctant to trust others again and can become fairly withdrawn from people. Trekka would know just how to “communicate” with the kids and show them how to trust and open their hearts again, in ways that people couldn’t figure out how to do. And if pets can do that with people with special needs, just think what we can do for you on a daily basis…hint hint… adopt me and you will find out…

 

The SCHS Pet Power program involves volunteers taking shelter pets, and/or their own pets that make suitable Pet Power candidates, to a nursing home in Montrose to visit with the residents there. The smiles that we bring to the animal loving seniors who are missing their former pets that they can not keep within the nursing home facilities bring joy to our hearts, as well as to our volunteer companions. One particular nursing home resident even sneaks bacon and cheese from the cafeteria awaiting our visits and the opportunity to give us yummy treats.

 

As you can imagine being a volunteer in this program brings endless rewards, lifting the hearts of seniors and homeless pets alike. If you are interested in participating in this program contact our SCHS Shelter Manager, Allison Dooley, to learn more.

 

As for my second chance wish, I am looking for a forever home where my loving nature, curiosity, and social inclinations can be nurtured and encouraged. I am reaching middle – age and thus lack the “climb the curtains and splash in toilets” mentality of the kitten generation here at the shelter. Thus, I am perfect for anyone seeking a well mannered but energetic cat with a shining personality.

 

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet or learn about SCHS Spay/Neuter Vouchers, Volunteer & Foster Care and other Programs. Visit www.secondchancehumanesociety.org to see our adoptable pets. Responses to Pet Columns can be sent to: kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.org.

 

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