East Texas Giving Day

YOUR DOLLAR GOES FURTHER ON APRIL 25th, 2017!

On April 25, 2017 from 6:00 a.m. to Midnight, Therapet will be participating in East Texas Giving Day. East Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour day of giving that provides critical funding for nonprofits by connecting donors with organizations like us. Please visit https://www.easttexasgivingday.org/ and watch this page and Facebook for more information.


Your donation will go a long way in helping us expand our services in East Texas. We invite you to participate April 25th in this area wide day of giving back! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Carianne Fisher, Executive Director
ed@therapet.org


THERAPET THURSDAY – A RELUCTANT PATIENT

A patient had been hospitalized for over a month and was tired of therapy. At first he didn’t really participate in pet therapy, but as time progressed he showed more of an interest. He now initiates grooming and petting of the dogs and his motor skills are much more improved and noticeable with the therapy animals. The Therapets have also brought comfort for him during his stay! #pettherapy #healingpaws #therapetthursday


THERAPET THURSDAY – RECENT REVIEW

After a visit to a local hospital, we had the following review posted on our timeline:
“Oh, how we needed those puppy smiles tonight! Thank you, Therapet, for sharing Rocky, Kirby, Buster, and Sophie with us! We were missing our brood of pups so your timing was impeccable!”
#therapetthursday #therapydog #healingpaws


THERAPET THURSDAY – UPLIFTED SPIRITS

At a recent visit, an ER Nurse caught the Therapet volunteers in the lobby before visitation. She got on the floor and hugged and loved the dogs and smiled and talked about what a rough day it was in the ER. She said she had shed tears several times throughout the day, but she was SO glad she had to stay late because she really needed to get some smiles and uplifted spirits before she went home. The staff just beamed with smiles as the dogs ministered to their hearts.
#therapetthursday #healingpaws #therapydog


THERAPET THURSDAY – CONNECTION

An ICU nurse requested that the Therapet teams visit one of her patients. She said that the patient was non-verbal, but she thought she would benefit from seeing the dogs. The volunteers observed that the patient would make and maintain eye contact for about 10 seconds at a time. When Henry, the second dog, came into the room, they tried to get the patient’s attention and told her several times that Henry was there. The patient made and held eye contact with Henry for about 15 seconds and then said, “Henry.” #therapetaat #chills #smallmiracles


THERAPET THURSDAY – TEACHERS

What are teachers saying about Therapet? Here are a couple of comments teachers made during a recent visit to Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs:
“Having the Therapets come in, my students are able to achieve things they have not been able to before.”
“One of my students only walks while holding on to the wall, but when she walks a Therapet she forgets about holding the wall and walks perfectly.”
#therapetthursday #specialneeds #healingpaws #boshears


THERAPET THURSDAY: OUR EDUCATIONAL MISSION

Part of Therapet’s mission is to spread the word to healthcare professionals and the community about the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy.
Several of our volunteers were honored to present at the Christus Mother Frances Leadership Development Institute on January 20, 2017. They spoke about utilizing specially trained and certified therapy animals to provide therapy services with patients. A big thank you to Karen Reed and Boone, Crystal Jones and Miss Texana, Bonnie Maywhort, Joy Shea and Swagger, and Teri Crawford for making it all happen. Many smiles and snuggles were shared with the 350 attendees!
#TherapetThursday #Therapetaat #HealingPaws


THERAPET THURSDAY – SOOTHING STUDENTS

Did you know that petting a dog can lower your heart rate and blood pressure? It can also trigger the release of the bonding hormone oxytocin. At a recent visit to a special needs classroom, Therapets Abbie (pictured) and Concho were able to help soothe students, including one student who had been anxious and hyperactive for most of the day.
#therapetthursday #healingpaws #goldenretriever #specialneeds


THERAPET THURSDAY – THANK YOU

2016 was a great year for Therapet! We would like to thank our volunteers and supporters for spreading health, hope and happiness to those in need. Thank you for volunteering your time and serving others! #therapetthursday #healingpaws #giveback


THERAPET THURSDAY – SANTA’S ELVES

Santa’s elves were out at Boshears on Thursday delivering gifts and smiles to all. Concho was our Santa Paws with his big heart and sweet demeanor, Daisy Duke was Miss Paws with her “bright lights” and sassy skirt, Kirby sported his Santa Tie and was very dapper and Boone was the elf that couldn’t stop wagging. The students and staff loved the “Holiday Cheer” that we spread. Lots of snuggles, walking and smiles were had by all. Thanks to all our volunteers that make our visits possible!
A special thanks to Mike Esterabadi and PetSmart – Tyler for donating the “Chance & Lucky” stuffed animals to be passed out to the students.


#therapetthursday #healingpaws #boshears #santapaws