Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The new member orientation class for Paws 4 Grace has been rescheduled for Saturday, 11/18, 9:00-11:00 am at Gateway, Room B122 (humans only). The previous class was cancelled due to Harvey.
PAWS 4 GRACE is a Christian-based, Animal-Assisted Therapy Group that uses ordinary people and their beloved pets to share God's message of love, hope, and compassion to the community.
The next new member orientation will be Saturday, November 18, Attending the class is not a commitment to join the group, but a requirement if anyone decides to join. The orientation provides a good overview of what we do.
Research has validated that interacting with animals reduces stress and increases our sense of wellbeing. It has been known to reduce blood pressure, lower anxiety and stress levels, stimulate the release of endorphins (which help people feel good) and is especially important for those feeling isolated or depressed.
Because animals are non-judgmental, many people may find it easier to socialize with animals versus humans. One of the most fundamental advantages of animal assisted therapy over other therapeutic treatments is that it provides the patient a much-needed opportunity to give affection as well as receive it.
We currently visit places such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, special needs and physically disabled facilities.
Our mission is to share the unconditional love of Christ with others. Our desire is to let Christ shine through us and our pets as His disciples when we visit those in greatest need of love, hope and compassion.
Requirements of Paws 4 Grace (human) volunteers:
- Participation in Paws 4 Grace orientation class to:
- Become familiar with what to expect from people who have certain conditions/illnesses.
- Know how to handle different situations and what to expect from your pet.
- Learn more about animal-assisted therapy.
- Receive an overview of the facilities we visit.
Requirements of Paws 4 Grace (pet/canine) volunteers:
- Vet records reflecting complete and up-to-date immunizations.
- Pet’s successful completion of a Control Evaluation/Temperament test
- Evaluation performed by Paws 4 Grace team members
- Use the AKC Canine Good Citizen testing as a guide
- Pet does not have to be formally trained, just social with people and other pets
Vicki Lavigne is the Paws 4 Grace Team leader.