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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.

Paisley bored at OCTA event

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Every fall, OCTA invites therapy and service dogs and handlers to ride OCTA buses to Knotts Berry Farm and enjoy the park.  This is wonderful continued training for everyone.

Laurel Shulman’s AHF Caring Creatures Pet Partner, Paisley, takes it in stride.  I’d say she’s just plan “non-plused” with the whole experience!  What a dog!

Therapy dog teams attend Kaiser Anaheim annual fair

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

These dedicated therapy dog teams braved the heat on Friday (July 20) to help the pediatric oncology patients enjoy the annual fair at Kaiser AMC.  Barbara and Cali (golden retreiver) and Jean and Annie (American Water spaniel) are AHF Caring Creatures Pet Partners.

AHF Caring Creatures Pet Partners to participate in Royal Family Kids Camp registration

Friday, July 6th, 2012

For the fourth year, Animal Health Foundation Pet Partners will be participating in a very worthwhile event: registration activities for the Royal Family Kids Camp.


It is a camp for severely abused children from all over Orange County about ages 7-12 who are given the opportunity to go to camp for 5 days.


This year marks their 20th Anniversary!


The kids get a lot of love and attention for the week and the whole purpose is to give the kids a week of fun and enjoyment and love.  It is an International organization but the camps are all sponsored by local groups, i.e. Orange County camp is sponsored by two local.  There will be about 100-150 children at registration prior to the buses leaving for camp and then the same amount of children upon their return.  Registration and Return will be a Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa.


There will be pet teams stationed around a big recreation room that the kids can come up and pet.  This helps relax and entertain the children — who may be apprehensive and anxious before leaving for camp  — while the buses are being loaded with luggage and all the paperwork is being completed.


Upon their return from camp the pet teams work again because many of the children are anxious and apprehensive to return home.  Upon their return the kids go in the recreation room while the buses are unloaded and they wait for their caregivers, guardians or parents to pick them up.


Organizers say “this is the fourth year that the pet teams have assisted with registration and you cannot imagine the positive feedback that I’ve had.  Everyone involved says the dogs (and sometimes other animals) make registration and return go so much smoother now than before. The children, many with developmental and/or behavioral difficulties, had never been as calm as when the dogs have been there.”