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Our volunteers work as teams to bring Furry Friends on visits to people who live in various kinds of institutions, e.g. nursing homes, facilities for disabled or seriously ill children, hospital rehabilitation wards, the Children's Shelter, etc.
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We still need volunteers willing to assist at San Jose's Bark in the Park on September 20th! The biggest need is for afternoon (12 - 5), which is broken into two shifts. This is a huge event for talking to prospective members. If you are willing to take a shift, please email me at patty @ furryfriends.org!! Even brand-new members are welcome; we can coach you on what to say. All we do is tell people about pet therapy and give them a brochure. You do not have to bring your Furry Friend if you are not so inclined! More info including location of Bark in the Park: http://barksanjose.org/
Have you liked this page even though you aren't a member, because you are local to the SF Bay area and would like to someday participate in therapy pet work? Think your pet might be ready but not quite sure? You may want to take the Therapy Dog class that the Furry Friends behaviorist is offering (separate from Furry Friends itself). Finishing the class does *not* allow you to bypass the paperwork or the official Furry Friends evaluation, but may give you a better idea of what is required and help brush up on training! http://www.adobedogs.com/ scroll down to Therapy Dog Training.
Come join other members of Furry Friends at our Volunteer Dinner. This is a time to catch up with others about what is going on and happening with Furry Friends. We are adding Etiquette classes, Reading Buddies and Off-leash classes. We always need Captains. There are more sites that would love us to come than we can accommodate. Anne, our President, will give a short talk about where we are at as a group. Patty will tell about Reading Buddies and answer questions of members. Julie Bond will do a few reminders about being a Furry Friend member and then answer questions. Note that this is open only for current Furry Friends members, not for prospective members or people who have questions. Monday September 29, 2014 5:30 Appetizers 6:15 Dinner (South of Border Fajitas) (for vegetarians also) 7:00 Discussion time Harry’s Hofbrau (Banquet Room) 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose CA RSVP Randee@furryfriends.org by Sept 22, 2014 (we need an accurate count to give the caterers)
Site needing more volunteers, & volunteers still needed for Bark in the Park (Note: Must be current members, and pets up to date on all shots, for pets to visit): - We have a site in Burlingame that is in need of a few volunteers! Are you in the area and interested in a Saturday visit at a wonderful site? The site is: Mills Peninsula Skilled Nursing, 1609 Trousdale, Burlingame, CA: 3rd Saturday 10:30 a.m. Let admin @ furryfriends.org know if you are interested and she will get you in contact with the Team Captain! - We still need more volunteers for Bark in the Park! The event is on Saturday September 20th in San Jose. We have had many members join after meeting our volunteers at this yearly event, so it's an important one to be able to staff. ALL THREE SHIFTS still have openings: 10-12:30, 12:30-3, 3-5:30. The morning one tends to fill up the fastest. If you are willing, please email patty @ furryfriends.org; please put 'Bark in the Park' or something in the subject so it doesn't get lost in the email. Thanks....
Hello Furry Friends members - notice about an 'occasional' visit we do from the captain of the team! Please reply to the email below if interested. Must be a current FF member with pets up to date, of course. ------- Please check your calendar and see if you are free on Saturday, Aug. 30 from 1:30-2:30 PM to visit with the residents of the Atrium, located near Oakridge Mall in San Jose. The Atrium is a large assisted living facility with a lovely *shaded* grass area with plenty of tables, chairs and benches for our visit. Over the past year I've visited the facility on a weekly basis (unrelated to Furry Friends) and discovered that the residents absolutely *LOVE* dogs! In fact, some residents are able to keep their dog while living there, but many have had to give up their pet. So they are very eager to reconnect with any animal they see! Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in attending this visit. Our last visit was a TON O’ FUN! We are doing this visit 3 times a year (quarterly, during warmer weather). Regards, Ann Begun, Hope THD & Jamie Lynn THDX
Attention Furry Friends Volunteers! (From the Furry Friends Admin) Have a little bit more free time? We have a fairly new site that needs volunteers as the Captain is the only one and it's a large site. Here's a description from the Captain: White Blossom Care Center, 1900 Fruitvale Ave., San Jose is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. It is centrally located between Bascom Ave. and Southwest Expressway. The facility and staff enthusiastically welcome and enjoy pet visits as do the residents. Visits are held once per month on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Visits are in room at both the skilled nursing and rehabilitation wings. I know it's a weekday visit but hopefully some of you can make it. Please email admin @ furryfriends.org if you are interested and we will get you in contact with the Captain! Thank you to everyone for all you do for Furry Friends. Without our wonderful volunteers we wouldn't have this great organization!
Calling all Furry Friends! On Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00 am Furry Friends are participating in a very special event, Camp PALS at Santa Clara University. We will be meeting at Graham Hall on the Santa Clara University Campus (500 El Camino Real) in a large quad with a lot of big, beautiful palm trees to give us plenty of shade. We will have water bowls put out for the animals. Our sponsor arrange for parking on campus for all of the volunteers, but you will need to RSVP in advance. Please DO NOT HIT REPLY/POST. RSVP if you would like to be included in this visit to the Visit Captain: Kathy Harris at kitty @ rbharris.com (remove spaces from address when emailing)
Good morning Furry Friends! On Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00 am registered Furry Friends will be able to participate in a very special event, Camp PALS at Santa Clara University. PALS Programs originally began just outside of Philadelphia over 10 years ago and it was brought to the West Coast just three years ago. Camp PALS San Francisco is a one-week sleep-away camp for teens and young adults with Down Syndrome. This year we plan on welcoming 22 individuals with Down syndrome and over 25 all-volunteer staff members to our camp. More information about how to sign up will be posted soon. Save the Date if you are interested!
Hi Furry Friends volunteers, Children's Recovery Center of Northern California is a site we've been visiting for about 7 months now. It's basically a rehab facility for children, and most of the kids are under 3 years of age. Many of the kids were preemies that have graduated from the NICU but aren't ready to go home yet. Most of the kids are on some kind of ventilator assistance and use feeding tubes. Because of this they aren't able to speak, but you get some *great* smiles from them! Many have never seen pets and can be timid around them. We are currently looking to add some small, very calm pets (bunnies, kitties, dogs, etc.) to our team. Ideally, these pets will be comfortable being placed on a bed next to a child, or held very close to them if they are sitting in a chair, so they can easily stroke/interact with the animal. The kids are absolutely darling and so sweet, and the site has been super welcoming to the FF team. Location is 3777 S. Bascom in Campbell, and the visit is the first Wed. of the month from 4:30-5:30 PM. Please let Ann Begun know if you have a small pet and are interested in joining our team, at dogalogs @ pacbell.net!
New (regular) monthly site in Cupertino seeking a captain! (Current Furry Friends volunteers only.) Cupertino Healthcare and Wellness 22590 Voss Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014 This is a 170-bed skilled nursing care facility, about half long-term and half short-term rehab. They have two indoor group activity rooms and an outdoor patio area in the center of the complex. They have a large parking lot in the rear of the building, which is near Stevens Creek Blvd and Foothill Blvd in Cupertino. As Captain you would talk with the Activities Director to see what times works best for you and the group. They would like a weekday visit although would be fine with a Saturday afternoon visit at 3:30. All that to be worked out. If you have NOT been a captain before nor been through the captain's training, you can be mentored. Please email email@example.com if you are interested (make sure to make the subject applicable). Thanks!
For current Furry Friends volunteers only: Camp PALS has an upcoming meeting at Santa Clara University on Tuesday July 8th (Primary Date), there is also an alternative date of July 10th (Evening). This is a Down Syndrome Camp that has had Furry Friends participate in the past. We are searching for a Captain to Coordinate this event. Coordination would be with the POC for the camp. In addition, you would lead the Team to the event and ensure that all have fun. This is an On Leash Special Event. You don't need to be a current Captain to help coordinate this event! However, we need somebody to coordinate to be able to offer this visit to our members. Note that we are currently looking only for a CAPTAIN - we will send out more info once the site visit date and time have been established with the temporary captain/coordinator, so that other members can attend. Please email Rhonda Hardy or Steve Wincor to get more information (remove spaces from addresses below to send email). Steve Wincor - wincor @ sbcglobal.net Rhonda Hardy - rhardy1224 @ aol.com
Hello current Furry Friends Volunteers! We have been requested by one of the professors at Santa Clara Law School to do a de-stress visit during the California Bar Exam time. The date is June 24th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. This is an On Leash visit, with all the usual items (Badges, Shirts, Purple Leash, Water, etc.). Please let Steve and Maureen Wincor know if you can attend – wincor @ sbcglobal.net (remove spaces for emailing). Your name will be placed on a list at the main gate entrance and you will receive a parking pass. Any questions please ask Steve/Maureen! Hope to see you there!
HI Furry Friend Volunteers! Have a site that is in need of a couple of volunteers! Vintage Silver Creek 4855 San Felipe Road San Jose, CA 95135 They meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 3 to 4. The next visit is June 10th. Email admin @ furryfriends.org and she will get you in contact with the Team Captain! Thanks to all the volunteers for all you do for Furry Friends! Vintage Silver Creek Vintage Silver Creek is an independent and assisted living facility in San Jose. This visit is broken up into two sections: memory care and independent living. We spend 30 minutes visiting with each group, which consists of around 8 people in memory care and around 12 in the main section. This is one of Furry Friends’ newest locations and the residents are responding very well to our visits! Each time we have a couple more residents join in on the fun. We hope you can join us! Looking forward to hearing from you!
(Please do not reply to this post, please read below... must be a current Furry Friends member to participate!) Two Furry Friends Visits at Stanford University on June 4th A Furry Friends member will be captaining two back-to-back visits being held on the Stanford University campus on June 4th to provide stress relief for students going into final exam week. Please read about each visit listed below and reply if you are interested in participating in one or both of them. Stanford Junior Spring Fest Wednesday, June 4 5:15-6:45pm Levin Field, near the Tresidder Student Union. Plenty of free parking close by Roble Dorm Visit Wednesday, June 4 7:00-8:15pm Lawn in front of Roble Dorm, on west side of campus Plenty of free parking close by Please respond to her at heatherlilly @ stanfordalumni.org if you are interested in either one or both visits. She will send out maps, parking locations, and more details to all interested parties on Friday, May 30. This is a standard on-leash, T-shirt wearing visit. Water will be provided for the pets or you can bring your own. Please bring your own towel or blanket for sitting on the grass area.
Hello, Furry Friends Members! We will have a group representing Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services at the Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade on May 17th. The pet parade is an amazing and fun experience. Meeting Time: 7:30-9 am ***Los Altos will be closed to drivers at 7:30 am **** Parade Time: 930-10:30 If you are interested in participating in the parade with your Furry Friend, or have any questions, please contact Karen Davis at karen @ furryfriends.org. Please RSVP with Karen by May 15th. Thanks!
For registered and current Furry Friends members and pets only: We still have space in the May 18th Reading Buddies class! Have you yearned to help children learn? Be part of a supportive learning environment that helps define success for children through academic achievement and character development? Furry Friends Reading Buddies may be the program for you and your pet. All types of pets - dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. - are invited. You can also learn more at http://www.furryfriends.org/RBFAQ.html. The novelty of children reading to a pet is just the motivation some children need. And the pets loved it. They immediately see the benefits -- lots of attention. On Sunday, May 18th, from 1:30 to 3 or so pm, Furry Friends is hosting a Reading Buddies Evaluation class. NOTE - currently, to be considered for the Reading Buddies program, ALL dogs must be cat-tolerant (can tolerate a cat in the room without being aggressive or too cat-focused). What you will learn: * How to determine if your pet is "bomb proof" BEFORE visits * How to determine if your pet is experiencing discomfort * How to make visits safe for your pet * How to position your pet for comfort during library visits * How to interact with children who are reading to your pet * Signs of stress to watch out for Current Reading Buddies Sites seeking volunteers!: - Evergreen Library (San Jose Branch), 4th Tuesday at 5 pm (minimum volunteer age is 14) - Gilroy Library, 4th Thursday at 3:30pm (minimum volunteer age is 14) - Edenvale Library (San Jose Branch), 2nd Thursday at 3 pm (minimum volunteer age is 14) - Seven Trees Library (San Jose Branch), 3rd Thursday at 3:30 pm (minimum volunteer age is 14) - Santa Teresa Library site (San Jose branch), last Wednesday at 4:30 pm (minimum volunteer age is 15) - Hillview Library (San Jose Branch), 1st Saturday at 1:30pm (minimum volunteer age is 14) - Buchser Middle School, Santa Clara, 3rd Monday at 1pm (TB test required, probably on hold until the fall) - Salesian Elementary & Junior High School, Corralitos, 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1:20 pm (DOGS ONLY, TB Test and Fingerprinting required, won't start again until fall) - Morgan Hill Library, 2nd Wednesday at 3pm (minimum volunteer age is 14) - Apostle's Lutheran School, San Jose, 3rd Friday at 2 pm (probably on hold until the fall) - Saratoga Elementary School, 3rd Friday at 11 am (might still be looking for new pets; also planning on starting a 2nd team, won't start again until fall) - Branciforte Library in Santa Cruz, 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 3:30 (minimum volunteer age is 18) You do not have to select a site once passing this class; you will be notified when teams have openings or new sites are brought on board. Pet MUST have passed the Pet Etiquette class, and should already have started visiting at other locations. If you are interested, you need to do two things: a) send an email at patty @ furryfriends.org; b) sign up and pay for it online via paypal at http://www.furryfriends.org/storeAccessories.html. If you have any questions, you can post here or email directly. Class location information will be sent once you are confirmed in the class. Thanks!
For current Furry Friends volunteers only: We have been asked to take part again in the DeAnza College Chill City event during their finals. The event will take place on Thursday, June 18 from 11:30 to 1:30. Water will be provided for the pets and the handlers. The event will take place on the S quad grassy area. This has been a very successful event in the past – the students love our furry friends. Please respond directly to Dave Morley at firstname.lastname@example.org; Dave will provide a parking pass to those who respond.
Current Furry Friends Volunteers - We have been asked to visit the Santa Clara University Law School students for their Summer Session (During Bar Exam Week). This event will take place on June 23rd from 1-2pm. We have been doing this for the past few years for the Assistant Professor and they take good care of us! Water for the dogs and Ice Cream for us! This is an On Leash visit and will require your shirt, leash, badge, and some spare water for your pet. PLEASE LET STEVE WINCOR at WINCOR@SBCGLOBAL.NET know if you would like to attend. Thanks!
Furry Friends Volunteers: We have another Stress Relief at Stanford on May 27 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Stanford will provide parking passes, shade and water for the pets, and food for our volunteers. So they will need to know how many volunteers are coming. They are expecting 200 students to show (maybe all at once) and are excited to have us there. If you are interested in this Stress Relief, please contact Joan Peterson directly at email@example.com. Joan will be the captain. She will email you directly about the location, parking info and answer any questions you may have.
Hi, Furry Friends members - still looking for a few people for a university stress relief visit on May 6th!! The visit below will be an On Leash Visit requiring your badge, shirt, and leash (and water). To participate you will need to contact Steven Wincor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify your First and Last Name, and Furry Friend Name. A parking pass will be provided if all the above information is provided. Details and Directions will be sent to those who sign up. San Jose State University – May 6th from 1130 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to participate in this visit please send Steve an Email!
Announcement!! (For current Furry Friends members only) Upcoming Stress Relief Visit! The visit below will be an On Leash Visit requiring your badge, shirt, and leash (and water). To participate you will need to contact Steven Wincor at email@example.com. Please identify your First and Last Name, and Furry Friend Name. A parking pass will be provided if all the above information is provided. Details and Directions will be sent to those who sign up. San Jose State University – May 6th from 1130 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to participate in this visit please send Steve an Email!
Hi Furry Friends volunteers! (Must have already been through the Pet Etiquette class and must be up to date on all dues): We have a new site that is very excited to have Furry Friends start visiting them. We need to first find a Captain and then get that Captain some volunteers! This is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation site. Atherton Healthcare 1275 Crane Street Menlo Park, CA 94025 As Captain you will be setting up the day and time with the site of your choosing! One hour visits with 30 minutes in the activity room and the remainder of the time room to room. If interested please contact Loree at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get you in contact with the site. Furry Friends will be doing another Captains training in May so don't let that stop you if you have not been a Captain!
NOTE: This event is for current Furry Friends volunteers only: Hello, everyone! Well, its getting to be that time of year again, where Furry Friends attends a handful of events as a vendor and has a booth. This is how we get the word out about therapy pets, and how to join! The first event of the year will be on Sunday April 19th, the Morris Foundation K9 walk for cancer, at Vasona Park (more info here: http://support.morrisanimalfoundation.org/…/TR/Eve…/General… - if link is too hard to see, go to http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/ and look for events, Los Gatos, April 19th.) We will be a vendor at this event, so Furry Friends as a group will not be walking. The event is from 9 until about 1; if you can arrive a bit earlier (8:30) it'd be nice to help set up the booth. Note that unless you park on the street, you may have to pay for parking since this is a county park; parking is usually $6. We are looking for one or two volunteers, to do 8:30/9 to 11, and 11 to 1 (and assist taking down the booth). This is in addition to the coordinator, who will also be there for both shifts. What do you do? Just talk to people about Furry Friends! It's a fairly easy event, not super crowded. There are also some very nice raffle prizes if you decide you want to try that out, and it's always nice to visit the other vendors too when it is quiet. It is up to you as to whether you bring your Furry Friend or not; some prefer not to, if their pet doesn't really like crowds. If you are interested or have more questions, please email patty @ furryfriends.org. (You can post here, but I'd really prefer if possible to have everything in my email history.) Thanks!!
We all know we have to be cautious about taking pictures at sites, whether they be with kids, adults, elderly, in a medical environment or elsewhere. (The profile pic at the top of this group, with my cat Muppet, is actually a staged shot with a friend of mine.) Often taking pictures in front of the facility, or in the hallway, with your pet is just fine. Here's the recent email that went out about this from Anne Tiry, our president, in case you don't get our emails. Also, keep in mind that people at the facilities themselves, parents, caretakers, etc. can take as many pictures as they want - not our business! We just have to watch ourselves. Hi, Furry Friends Volunteers, We received the following email yesterday from one of our sites; I have removed identifying information for the specific site. ------------ Hope all is well! With the new year in full swing, I just wanted to send out a quick reminder about taking photos at <facility>. We love to see the <patients> and families enjoying your visit but we have to always keep in mind each families personal space and confidentiality. Please be mindful and remind your team to avoid pictures on their personal cell phones or devices whenever possible, even with consent of the parent. Families sign photo releases for our use at <facility> but a separate waiver would have to be signed through your organization if you take any photos of a <patient> or family. This is not only to protect you but us as an organization. I sent a letter back to the site apologizing that it was even necessary to send us an email like this. Please remember how important it is to maintain privacy on our visits! There are also federal regulations around privacy, and not taking/sharing any information that contains what is referred to as PHI, Protected Health Information. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services,protected health information (PHI) is individually identifiable information (see below for definition) that is: * transmitted by electronic media; * maintained in electronic media; or * transmitted or maintained in any other form or medium (includes paper and oral communication). This includes taking photos on your cell phones! I know it's tempting to take a photo of your pet doing what they do best, licking loneliness - but this is not permitted, period. The only exceptions are the Polaroid/Fuji cameras that some teams have, for the purpose of taking photos and leaving them at the facility. Please review our volunteer manual, available on the web under the Members section of our website for all members. The pertinent information is on page 10, and is pasted here for easy reference: Observe all rules of privacy and confidentiality as required by HIPAA. Never discuss a patient's health or personal issues with the patient or anyone else. Photos may not be taken without prior written permission of the subject (or guardian) and a representative of the facility. PLEASE, PLEASE remember how important this is! We do not want any site to ask us to stop our visits because we're in violation of privacy rules. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!