On visits to senior facilities, we encourage socialization and conversation, hoping to stimulate intellect and memory, provide entertainment and fulfill tactile needs. Reminiscing about a long ago pet, conversing with a fellow animal-lover or getting some serious "fur therapy" helps to brighten the day.
In a rehabilitation program, therapists utilize the pets in activities designed to attain specific goals such as: increasing range of motion, strengthening hand-eye coordination, building muscle tone and enhancing mobility. Introducing animals into the prescribed exercises often increases focus on the activity, motivates participation and can offer reward in the form of returned tennis balls or the ever popular doggie kiss.
For hospitalized children, the animals help alleviate anxiety. They can offer diversion, entertainment or reassurance. And they certainly can bring a smile or giggle to an unhappy face.
Our next new volunteer workshop will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, with Temperament Testing the following Saturday, September 30, 2017.
We will be accepting requests for applications for the next workshop for three weeks only, from July 1, 2017 through July 22, 2017. If you are interested in requesting an application to attend the workshop. please send an email including your name, home mailing address and phone number to email@example.com; or mail your request to: Caring Critters, Inc., 2617C West Holcombe Blvd., Box 265 Houston, TX 77025. Applications will be emailed in early August, 2017.
Please Note: All dogs and cats over the age of six months must be spayed or neutered.