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 – 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


THERAPET THURSDAY – A VERY SPECIAL VISIT

Therapy animals can be a wonderful aid in making a connection to others. We recently received a request from a State Hospital to visit a patient who was having difficulty engaging with his treatment team. The visit would be considered a success if we saw one smile from the patient. After a special visit with a Therapet team, he began to interact with others, asking questions about the dogs and sharing tidbits of information about his family. It was the most engaged the treatment team had seen him act since his arrival. When asked if he would like to have Therapet visit again, he replied “Yes” with a big, excited smile.
#therapetthursday #therapet #therapydog #healingpaws


THERAPET THURSDAY – CHRISTMAS CONNECTIONS

Every year, Therapet visits Breckenridge Village of Tyler for their Christmas in the Village program. During our visit, a little girl came up and began to pet several of the Therapets. She started talking to a volunteer about her stuffed animals and showed us her newest toy that she needed to name. Nothing seemed unusual until the aunt explained that the little girl very rarely spoke at all and couldn’t wait for the girl’s mother to arrive to hear her. It’s always heartwarming to see how Therapet encourages people to connect.
#therapetthursday #therapet #therapydog #healingpaws #specialneeds #bvt #tylertexas


THERAPET THURSDAY – HAPPY THANKSGIVING


THERAPET THURSDAY – TRADING CARDS

The Therapet trading cards our volunteer teams hand out are one of our favorite things about our organization. We hear from many people that keep our cards for years as cherished mementos of our visits.

One parent shared that her son treasures the picture cards and even made a frame for them on his desk. His goal, he says, is to train his own dog to be a Therapet so he can serve others who need a little joy and comfort.

Another parent shared her special needs child brought a Therapet card with him on the bus to give him confidence on a field trip.

Therapet is thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in our community and to spread health, hope and healing! We appreciate Brookshire’s assistance in underwriting the cards!

#therapetthursday #therapet #therapydog #healingpaws #tylertexas