Thursday, March 29, 2012

What is Pet Connections?

Pet Connections Program Manager Gail Furst and
her certified therapy dog, Albert.
In our upcoming issue of ARC Life, we'll introduce to you a new, groundbreaking program that Ontario ARC has partnered with Lochland School and Yates ARC to create.  Pet Connections connects pets and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our area.  This innovative program offers several new opportunities to the people we support at the agency, as well as our friends and neighbors in the community.

In Our Programs: Animal Assisted Activities & Therapy
Working with a certified therapy pet, the people in Ontario ARC’s programs will see and feel the immediate benefits of this new offering. Pet Connections provides an outlet for exercise, social skill development and self-esteem building.

Out & About: Education & Community Partnerships
We’ve partnered with local organizations such as Happy Tails, the Ontario County Health Facility and local schools to bring the power of pets to our friends in the community. In addition, we also offer dog obedience training and educational workshops for local pet owners.

On The Job: Employment
Our new program provides training and assistance to individuals with disabilities who are considering careers in pet and animal care. We offer a glimpse into these careers by offering instruction in dog grooming and making animal-related products, such as dog treats, animal beds, leashes and ID tags.

For more information about how Pet Connections can make a positive impact on your family, contact your Service Coordinator or JoEllen Meath, central intake coordinator, at jmeath@ontarioarc.org or (585) 919-2118.

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