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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Another Wonderful Therapy Dog Opportunity

I found another one! This organization is called Paws For Friendship and it is international! And the international headquarters are located in Tampa although they have charters everywhere. They too have been relaxed requirements and let you pick where you would like to volunteer with your certified therapy dog. I decided to inquire about having Cayman visit our local shelter for abused woman and children. I feel they could really benefit from Cayman, especially those that might have had to leave pets behind in extreme cases where their safety came first. The membership is $40 annually and you get your choice of a polo shirt or denim shirt; a sweatshirt; a bandanna for your dog; a service vest; and ID card. And they only require you to make one visit a month. Of course I would want to do more- maybe alternate between PAWS Ministry working with seniors at an assisted living residence and Paws for Friendship working with recovering woman and children on alternating Sundays. Oh that would be such a dream! Please pray for me that this can be the way things work out!!!!

For more info: www.pawsforfriendshipinc.org

2 comments:

Neabear said...

Wow! You are motivated! I am proud of you Shawna. Good luck with getting everything to work out.

Erin and guide pup Midnight said...

Very Cool! I hope things work out for you! Cayman seems to be a wonderful dog! And Cute too :-))

Erin, Midnight- guide dog puppy, and Bubbles, - pet dachshund