Caring Critters conducts a day-long orientation workshop for all incoming volunteers. The workshop is designed to familiarize the volunteer with all facets of our program. We present a brief history of animal-assisted therapy and information on various human-animal bond activities throughout the country. Caring Critters' policies, procedures, rules and requirements are explained in detail.
A nurse acquaints new volunteers with the various populations they may encounter on a visit and offers ways to interact with patients/residents who are mentally or physically challenged.
Other presenters define zoonotic diseases, explain why cross species infection is not a problem, and discuss how to recognize and reduce stress in therapy pets. The facilities Caring Critters serves are described to enable volunteers to choose the best one suited to them and their pet. A demonstration of temperament testing rounds out the day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
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Please Note: All dogs and cats over the age of six months must be spayed or neutered.