Dog therapy teams are made up of an owner and their pet who spend time with someone in the community who may not get many visitors.
The Sheridan County Dog and Cat Shelter will begin its annual screenings for teams at 10 am on January 8th at Sheridan Manor. Sheridan County Dog and Cat Shelter Executive Director Cel Hope explains the program.
She says dogs need to come into the screening with basic manners.
At the screening, she says they judge the dog and owner as a team.
Following the screening there are three supervised visits with a dog and cat shelter staff member. Then the responsibility is the owner's to schedule visits.
Hope says that because of the nature of the program, it's important to be committed.
If you're interested and have more questions, be sure to call the shelter ahead of setting up the screening to ensure that you have proper health screenings and certificates from a vet, Hope said. Walk-ins on the 8th are not accepted for this reason.
She says the best way to make sure you get all information beforehand is to communicate questions through email; that way she can send the necessary paperwork in a reply.
Call the Shelter at 674-7694, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.