“There's nothing more satisfying in the whole world... to have those few moments of interaction, helping people, it's so much enjoyment. The dogs kinda gravitate to people who look like they need her, they really appreciate it,” Said Dee-Marie, who is holding the free informational session on Saturday, April 7 at 12:30 pm until 2 pm. Pet Partners of CNY asks you to register first at www.petpartnersCNY.org, and please do not bring your pet. You will get a chance to meet Ody, Dee-Marie's “Read With Me” dog who might convince you to volunteer with Pet Partners of CNY!
Because this is an informational meeting, no commitment is required. Even if you animal isn't ready right now, no extra training is needed. The only requirements are that your animal has to be at least a year old, you must have owned your animal for at least 6 months prior, and the animal must have basic obedience training. Shelter dogs make great therapy animals, Pet Partners of CNY registers cats, horses, rabbits, pigs, birds, rats, guinea pigs, and llamas and alpacas.
Volunteers make their own schedule, and they have the right to decline if you're worried about commitment conflicts. Pet Partners of CNY also insures your pet against accidents, and has a special fund for animals with cancer. Pet partners was the very first pet therapy group in the United States, and you can do pet therapy in different states once you're registered as a Pet Partner volunteer member.
Pet Partners of Central New York is a non-profit organization that seeks to help people live healthier and happier lives with the use of trained volunteer's therapy animals. Volunteers and their pets are screened to provide Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy. For more information, you can visit the Pet Partners of CNY website, on the events page on www.iheartoswego.com, and the Pet Partners of CNY Facebook page.