Ninety percent of Caring Critter therapy pets are dogs. The
other critters are cats, bunnies, birds and exotics such as a hedge hog and
pygmy goat. We also have or have had guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets,
pot-bellied pigs, fancy rats and an incredible white duck named Ms.
Several years ago one of our volunteers
was a rescuer for the Texas
Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition. She was bottle-feeding two
tiny squirrels. We got special permission for them to visit a couple
of nursing homes. For years the residents talked about the Sunday
afternoon they played nurse-maid to a pair of baby squirrels.
Caring Critters maintains that any animal
is a potential therapy pet with the exception of reptiles. Salmonella
is always present on reptile skin. In November, 1999, the Center for
Disease Control released figures stating that each year 75,000 cases of
salmonella are directly attributed to pet reptiles. Since the majority
of the clients we serve are physically or mentally unable to wash their hands
after petting, the possibility of infection is dramatically increased.
This is a risk we prefer not to take.
Note: Our next new volunteer workshop
will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, with Temperament Testing the
following Saturday, April 13, 2013.
Please note that we do NOT maintain mailing lists of interested
We will be accepting
requests for applications for the Spring workshop for three weeks only, from January 1, 2013 through January
22, 2013. Please send your
name, home mailing address and phone number to Caring Critters at that
time. To request an application
to attend the workshop, CLICK HERE to send an email or send
your request to: Caring
Critters, Inc., 2617C West Holcombe Blvd., Box 265 Houston, TX 77025.
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