Shelter Dog Training Program for Young People with Disabilities to Hold Graduation
Contact: AACCC: Brooke Taylor (907) 343-8138
SSG: Becky Braunstein (907) 561-3785
Stone Soup Group (SSG) and the Anchorage Animal Care & Control Center (AACCC) have come together to offer pet therapy through shelter dog training for young people. This pilot program is part of SSG’s pet therapy program, Pets & People Partnering for Success, which has worked to develop and promote animal related programs and activities that benefit Alaskans experiencing developmental disabilities and other special needs. These programs foster healthy physical interaction, emotional bonding and social skill development.
“Pet therapy and other animal related programs encourage community inclusion, help kids and teens learn new animal care skills, as well as create opportunities for young people to feel a sense of accomplishment and receive unconditional love from a pet who in turn benefits from the love of its human companion,” says AACCC training volunteer, Kathy Broome, who has been leading the six-week training class for young adults. “The program graduates have learned so much, and gained so much in terms of self confidence and sensitivity toward their shelter animals.”
The public invited to attend the graduation ceremony.
What: SSG/AACCC Shelter Dog Training Graduation
Where: AACCC, 4711 Elmore Road, Anchorage
When: Sunday, October 17, 2:30-3:30pm