Humane Hearts therapy animals are owned by people who want to volunteer to enrich the lives of special groups within our community. The role of a therapy animal is to work as a team with their handler to provide emotional and physical support to all people. Volunteering with a Humane Hearts Therapy Pet allows the pet to provide unconditional love to people of all ages.
We are proud of our 47 volunteer teams that assisted in completing over 460 visits in 2016!
Our 2016 activities included visiting/participating in:
• 10 assisted living homes
• 5 “Paws to Read” Library programs
• 13 Elementary, 3 Middle, and 5 High Schools in Forsyth County: Special needs classes and Reading to the Dogs Programs
• Partnering with the Homeless Pet Clubs in county schools
• Local Hospice program
• Forsyth County Summer programs like Safety Town ( dog safety) at Sharon Springs Park for 4-6-year-olds, and the 3 Middle School programs at the county parks discussing Pet Ownership
Feedback from a school counselor: “Please let the team know that some of our special ed friends that communicate very little have started looking for the dogs and actually articulating “doggy” – this is huge!!!!!! Additionally, we have some general education friends that have indicated “I love the days when Ruger comes – it makes me want to get up and come to school”
We made over 460 visits in 2016!