The Montgomery Humane Society’s Pet Therapy program was created to provide therapeutic benefits to the elderly and disabled residents in our community. This program, in which MHS volunteers take MHS shelter animals to visit local assisted living homes, day centers, and similar facilities not only benefits the facility residents, but also the animals and volunteers that accompany the animals. Our volunteers are always excited to take our pups on field trips, and I know the animals enjoy a change of scenery.
Having our animals participate in such enriching outreach programs like Pet therapy also helps us determine how some of our dogs do during car rides and how they adjust to new environments. Pet therapy is a wonderful program aimed at bringing a little brightness into the days of our elders and those needing special care through the healing presence of an affectionate dog or puppy. Our volunteers find this program highly rewarding on multiple levels, and I asked some of our current MHS Pet Therapy volunteers to share some of their enthusiasm for this endeavor. Please read on for some firsthand testimonies from some of our fantastic volunteers that are current Pet Therapy volunteers. If you’re interested in finding out more about Pet Therapy, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I am glad to discuss with you the many joys of volunteering at the MHS. You can reach me at my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MHS Volunteer Barbara McKinney takes time to share
a shelter dog with a resident at Angels for the Elderly.