Archive for the ‘Caring Creatures Events’ Category

Pet Partners at Petco in La Habra

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Several AHF Pet Partners teams were at Petco in La Habra on Saturday, October 12th, CA to talk to people about Pet Therapy!

Team from Left to Right are:  Katy Trumbo and Delilah, Daleen Comer and Cloud the Dove, Ingrid Eck Pullen and Cody and Jane Horsefield and Kiss.

 

Letter from Student Thanking Janell and Piper!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

AHF Therapy Dogs help kids during school exams relieve stress

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

 

SJC High Schoolers DeStress after PSATs

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Kiersten Ballard, 15, attributes her lowered blood pressure to Blue’s “unconditional love” at San Juan Capistrano’s Saddleback Valley Christian on Weds., Oct. 11. His looks lowered too. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Animal Health Foundation Caring Creatures Pet Partners Therapy Animal Teams make many visits in the community. Here are several of our teams in San Juan Capistrano helping students relax after taking PSATs! Read on for a GREAT story from the Orange County Register!

 

Two dogs and a ring-necked dove help Orange County high schoolers de-stress after test

AHF Teams Help Students Celebrate “Read Across America Day”

Monday, March 27th, 2017

 

For the second year, AHF Pet Partners teams helped students at John Adams Elementary School in Santa Ana celebrate Read Across America Day (March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday).

The nine handlers were assigned to two or more classes, where they read a story to the class, then let their dog visit with the students.  There were dogs on campus from 8:30 a.m.to noon. Some of the participating teams were the regular reading teams at the school, and they were joined by other teams who are considering joining the program, or work with children in other settings, such as CHOC.

The teams who participated were Dorrie Steele and Maddie, Val Draskovich and Nala, Jane Horsfield and Kiss, Katy Trumbo and Delilah, Sheryl Hagen and Grady, Daleen Comer and Macy, Doreen Weaver and Josiah (PP), Tammy Heider and Gracie, and Dorothy Taylor and Stryker.

Students, teachers, handlers, and dogs all had a wonderful and memorable morning.

AHF and Adams Elementary School Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday in a Novel Way

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Seuss EventOn March 2, 2016, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the tables were turned on seven Adams Elementary READ teams when the handlers helped the school celebrate the birthday by reading stories to the students, with their dogs in attendance.  John Adams Elementary in Santa Ana, CA, has had AHF teams in their classrooms for eight years as reading dogs, with additional teams participating in the Adams monthly Saturday library program.  On March 2, a combination of weekday and Saturday handlers brought their dogs to school and read books to the students. The participating teams were Gretchen Scott with Luna, Tammy Heider with Gracie, Suzanne Davidson with Juneau, Daleen Comer with Macy, Jim and Dorothy Taylor with Stryker, Geneva Comer with Bonnie, and Jane Horsfield with Kiss.

During the entire school day, 8:30 – 1:30, dog teams were on campus going to different classrooms for 20-minute sessions, during which the handlers read stories to the students, and allowed time for all the students to pet the dogs. Throughout the day, 24 classes of students were visited by the dogs and their partners. The dogs were in the spirit of the event, wearing Seuss fabric bandannas made by one of the members of the group. The books read by the handlers varied: some chose childhood favorites, some selected books their own children had loved, some picked dog-themed books, and some read the new Dr. Seuss book, “Which Pet Should I Get?” The students appreciated seeing the handlers in a more active role, and the dogs enjoyed the novelty of visiting multiple classrooms during their visit. One teacher commented, “Besides having the dogs in their rooms, the students were so excited to see the different dogs walking around the campus.  If you all felt as good about it as we did, this definitely needs to be an annual event.” The READ teams agree!

Stress Relief During Finals at Irvine Valley College

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Daleen and Therapy Dove Cloud, Christin and Therapy Dog Blu and Kelly with Therapy Dog Leonard had a great time at Irvine Valley College offering Stress Relief to students on May 20, 2015IVC-002 IVC-003 IVC-004 IVC-012 IVC-014 IVC-018 IVC-028

AHF Caring Creatures Pet Partner Teams

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

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Teams Participate in R.E.A.D. Program

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AHF Pet Partner teams help at Abilities Awareness Day

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

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Five AHF Pet Partner teams participated in Reilly Elementary’s annual Ability Awareness Day on March 12, 2013 in Mission Viejo. Several hundred students from grades kindergarten through five, including special education students in all grades including pre-school, visited with the therapy dogs and bird to learn about therapy animals.

The following teams were in attendance: Jane Horsfield with Kiss (Border Collie) – Daleen Comer with Bonnie (Sheltie) and Cloud (Dove)  – Amy Bourne with Jonas – Jan Aven with Muffin – Tammy Heider with Gracie

AHF Pet Partner teams participate in Ability Awareness Day

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Bathgate Elementary School in Mission Viejo hosted its second annual “All Abilities Day” Feb. 8, giving students the opportunity to get an idea of what it’s like to have disabilities.

Students visited stations that simulated various disabilities and met therapy dogs Jake and Macy.

Guest speakers talked to students about the importance of accepting others with disabilities.

Bathgate Elementary School students take turns petting Jake, led down the line by therapy animal handler and volunteer Joe Frey. 

PHOTO: ISAAC ARJONILLA, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Pet therapy volunteer Daleen Comer walks Macy by a line of Bathgate Elementary students. Macy was rescued from Taiwan in October 20 1 0 and brought to the U.S. A year later, she became a therapy dog.