Pet Therapy Team (People & Animals Who Serve)

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PAWS ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY INC

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The mission of PAWS (People and Animals Who Serve Anne Arundel County) is to improve and enrich the quality of life for elderly and disabled residents as well as anyone in need in the Anne Arundel County community. Through support visits, our trained and registered human and pet volunteers provide comfort, companionship and love. PAWS is a 501(c)3 our pet therapy teams, also known as since animal-assisted therapy, have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and improve emotional, social and cognitive functioning particularly under stress-prone conditions like COVID-19 has provided.

P.A.W.S. JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: PAWS Pet Therapy Team

To take pets for regular weekly visits to isolated residents at one or more nursing homes or approved visiting sites providing friendship and companionship.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

♥ Attend an orientation class conducted by the P.A.W.S. staff

♥ Pet evaluations are based on the AKC 10 Key Points of the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program. First: to teach responsible dog ownership to owners and second to certify that dogs have the training and behavior needed to be reliable.

PAWS team members will meet with you and your dog to complete basic testing to ensure you have good control of your animal and that they are suited for pet therapy visitation with our program. The testing is based on the AKC Good Citizen Test. You can review the 10 exercises here:
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/essential-skills-for-every-dog/

♥ Prepare your pet for visits to assigned sites:

♥ Be certain your pet is clean, well groomed, and nails/claws are trimmed

♥ Protect your pet from eye pokes, hair pulls, or other accidental harm while visiting

♥ Pet must be under your control at all times

♥ Take your pet to the visiting site as a friendly visitor

♥ Visit with residents/children, taking time to let them enjoy the pet's company

Record your visiting time and submit your hours: https://bit.ly/PAWSHOURS

♥ Contact the P.A.W.S. office with any questions and/or concerns

♥ Contact the facility staff with any immediate incidents or problems that may arise

SKILLS REQUIRED:

♥ Comfortable and compassionate in nursing home or other visiting site setting

♥ Provide Pet Assisted Therapy:

♥ Sensitive and good listener with ability to share your pet and life experiences with others

♥ Friendly, sociable, respectful, and empathetic


TRAINING PROVIDED:

♥ Orientation to the P.A.W.S. Program

♥ Group first visit with the director present or will meet you upon your first visit,

♥ Ongoing opportunities to share experiences and strategies with other volunteers

TIME REQUIRED:

One 1-hour visit per week for a commitment of a year.

  • AT NO TIME IS ANYONE, OTHER THAN YOURSELF, ALLOWED TO VISIT A FACILITY WITH YOUR PET(S) AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF P.A.W.S.

3 Shifts

  • morning / 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
  • afternoon / 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
  • 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
    PAWS Pet therapy teams serve an hour a week for a commitment of one year. We match your schedule and desires with a facility near you!
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About PAWS ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY INC

Location:

7320 RITCHIE HWY, GLEN BURNIE, MD 21061, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life for disabled, elderly, and other residents in need in the Anne Arundel County community. Through support visits from our trained and registered volunteer animal therapy teams, we provide emotional and physical benefits such as companionship, hope, and love. PAWS is a 501(c)3 and relies on grants and donations for funding.

Description

People & Animals Who Serve, will be 40 years strong MAY 2022. We have evolved and continue to help those in Anne Arundel County battling with isolation and loneliness. We are looking for PAWS offers 3 types of volunteer opportunities:
1) Life Enrichment (1 on 1 visits)
2) Mom and Me (parents and grandparents visiting with children)
3) Pet Therapy Teams, also known as animal-assisted therapy, has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and improve emotional, social and cognitive functioning particularly under stress-prone conditions like COVID-19 has provided.

Animals
Crisis Support
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 3 shifts

WHERE

Multiple locations Glen Burnie, MD 21061

(39.1627,-76.6354)
 

SKILLS

  • Veterinary
  • Animal Therapy
  • Patient Care
  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour weekly for a year.

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