Canine Assisted Therapy | WebMD

my background has been mostly nonprofit and higher education I am from this area for the most part and grew up here and have been really passionate about helping the community my mind is thinking about cat we call ourselves cat pretty much every minute of the day and then when I get home I open up my computer and I go right back to it because I want to see what did I miss during my drive home we started in 2009 with two dogs mainly with nursing homes and as the organization grew we were kind of noticing things in the community that we could help so then we added different programs and we now have over 120 dogs in our organization that are certified we also have a waiting list of about 65 facilities and schools so I am trying to recruit trained evaluate certify more therapy teams we’re in a lot of hospice facilities we also work with special needs individuals so we’re in a lot of special needs facilities we go into a PTSD in an anger management class we go to the oncology department and while they’re getting chemo they’re being distracted because there’s a dog there there was a child who had had surgery and needed to get out of bed and have physical therapy the nurses couldn’t get him to do it his parents couldn’t get it to do it the doctors couldn’t get him to do it we walked in with a dog and let the child pet the dog and then she said you know I really need to take this dog for a walk would you like to come so he got out of bed and they walked the hospital corridor visiting other patients in the hospital [Music] long time ago there wasn’t much research done on this but lately there has been a lot of research and studies done to see what the effects and benefits are at pet therapy and what they found is after spending just 10 minutes with a dog endorphins are released in the body and these endorphins decrease depression and improve cardiovascular health overall what I find very interesting is they also did a study on the dogs and they found that just like humans when a dog is being pet and loved and given affection their body is releasing endorphins also so it’s very cool that it’s actually a win-win for the human and the animal unfortunately last year on February 14th there was a mass shooting in our community and the next morning in parkland they had set up three counseling and crisis centers we had over 50 therapy dogs there the morning that school started a lot of students said that the reason they came back and the only reason they came back to school was because they knew the therapy dogs were gonna be waiting for them it makes all my hard work feel worth it to know that we are making that big of a difference we are actually potentially saving lives as well as helping and healing in people’s lives and we firmly believe that medicine can come on four paws [Music] you

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  1. Thank you @WebMD for the video. We are honored. Most importantly @Courtney Trzcinski for running such a game-changing organization. It's a privilege to be apart of making the world a better place with you.

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