East Texas Giving Day


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


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.
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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.
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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!

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You never know who our animals may touch. Last night we saw a family with a newborn who were thrilled to capture on camera their newborn baby’s first interactions with dogs. It was touching and heartwarming. A little while later a young patient recovering from surgery was able to relax into the fur of the Therapets. Frayed nerves were calmed, pain lessened, the patient was able to close eyes and enjoy the time with the Therapet dogs. Every night these animals visit, miracles happen!!
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Lisa, a young mother of three, was hospitalized and to say she was scared is putting it mildly. She believed she had a simple case of appendicitis, but her condition was worse than she thought and she was told she might not make it out of the hospital.

“When the door closed I began to cry. I just wanted to be home with my family, but instead I was stuck in a hospital room just hoping to be able to get well. I didn’t see many people during my stay, but on the third day when I was asked if I wanted a visit from the Therapets, I said ‘YES, of course!’ I sat there petting those dogs and in that moment I knew everything was going to be alright.

“You brought me hope and happiness in a few little furry packages, and I will always be thankful for that knock on my door! Thank you for all that you do and I hope you know how many smiles and how much comfort you are responsible for.”


A mom approached the group; Cooper, Dixie and Jake along with their handlers, and asked if we could visit her daughter, but added that her daughter is in her early thirties and disabled. She told us that her daughter was unable to attend Camp Sunshine this year and that the Therapets are usually the highlight of the camp for her daughter. As a result, mom wanted the visit to be a surprise. So in walks Jake first and her daughter starts smiling ear to ear and saying, “Therapet, Therapet, it’s the Therapets mom”. While visiting I handed the patient one of Jake’s trading cards and she held it while smiling. Her mom mentioned that her daughter has a whole wall just dedicated to all of the Therapet trading cards and pictures. The patient was also very fond of the show ‘Duck Dynasty’, but she put the show aside as she visited with her friends that she had to miss at camp, the Therapets. ‪#‎therapet‬ ‪#‎therapetthursday‬ ‪#‎healingpaws‬ ‪#‎tylertexas‬ ‪#‎therapydog‬



Dottie, a 4 year old Banter Bulldog, recently visited the Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs. Her “mom” recently shared this heartwarming story:

“Dottie and I had been in a classroom at Boshears for several minutes when I noticed a young man in a recliner. We went over to him and Dottie quietly stood beside his chair. The teacher asked if he would like to pet Dottie. He quickly reached out his hand, petted her, and put his hand back in his lap. The teacher captured the moment with her camera and she was so excited about his interaction with Dottie. She said it was the first time he had touched a dog. We showed him the picture of him touching/petting Dottie. The teacher asked him to pet Dottie again so they could send a picture to his parents. He repeatedly touched her, put his hand back in his lap, about 3-4 times and he seemed pleased with himself. Dottie knew that it was a special event for the young man. She remained still and quiet during the interaction seeming to instinctively know that is what he needed her to do.”
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Melissa’s daughter Kaylee has a special connection with a Therapet named George. We asked Melissa to share their story:

“7 years ago, my family had never heard of Therapet, but one afternoon we went to the park for “Walk a Mile for a Special Child” and met a lifelong friend named George. Kaylee and George clicked almost immediately! I’d never seen her react that way to anyone or anything! Kaylee, at the time, was mostly non verbal, but knew some sign language and and could make few sounds to communicate. She also wasn’t walking at the time, so I placed Kaylee on the blankets that were laid out for the animals, and George almost immediately came to lay his head in her lap. Kaylee could only smile with her eyes back then, and it made my heart so happy to see that smile!!!! George and Kaylee have continued their friendship over the years, but things have shifted a bit… Kaylee can now walk and talk!! Most of her smile is still in her eyes, but her face can match it too. And her buddy George is getting older and slowing down a bit because of his health. I asked Kaylee today what she would like to say about her friendship with George, and she answered very bluntly, “George loves me, and I love George. That’s it (shrugging her shoulders and shaking her head as if to say ‘enough said’).”

kaylee and george

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