no better testimonial to the benefits of animal
assisted therapy than the words of program directors and staff members
of the facilities that we visit:
cannot thank you enough for sharing your wonderful animals and
birds with the children at Willmar Center. Your visit was truly
a highlight for them, and the experience was immeasurably healing,
joyful and strengthening. It was a pleasure and a gift to meet
you. On behalf of all our children and families, I thank you,
and extend my personal gratitude for your caring and your generous
S. Gorbach, MS, MFT
Willmar Center for Bereaved Children
you for your visit during National Rehabilitation Week to John
Muir Medical Center. We appreciate your taking time and effort
to bring the animals to our facility. the value of pet therapy
receives much attention when you arrive with Kazzy!!
The patients and staff certainly enjoyed the "hands-on"
experience of touching live animals.
of the medical center staff...look forward to this day all year
as chance to see patients smile, laugh, move and touch some
unusual animals. We look forward to ongoing support of community
pet therapy programs for our patients."
D. Smith, MD
John Muir Rehabilitation Services
Engle-Ramirez, MRA OTR
Haggen, PT MHA
Manager of Rehabilitation Services
John Muir/Mt. Diablo Health System
Walnut Creek, CA
you so very much for agreeing to visit our community in October,
the 9th of 2002 at 10AM. This will be a perfect day. We look
forward to a healing from your animal friends.
are excited! Our Alzheimer folks will be brought into the Assisted
Living area for the visit. We then would love to walk you and
the animal friends up to the Health Care Center where our skilled
nursing patients will be waiting.
a special work you and your husband do for the world and our
Director of Activities
Brighton Gardens Assisted Living
Santa Rosa, CA
year long people have asked me, 'When is Kazzy coming back?'
Your visit last year was one of the most powerful examples of
the ability of animals to lift patients' spirits and to provide
great joy to them, in spite of the serious problems patients
often have to deal with during hospitalization. I and all our
staff are forever grateful to you for providing this most treasured
and valuable service to our patients..."
Muir/Mt. Diablo Health System
Walnut Creek, CA
for Patients," Napa Valley Register, Friday, July
heartwarming to read about the Lyon Ranch and the beneficial
work they are doing for the sick and chronically ill in this
pet and communicate with an animal, if only for a brief time,
has been proven to lower blood pressure, facilitate communication
and produce a sense of calmness in bedridden patients. Thank
you for featuring such an informative article on the front page
and a big thank you to the Lyon Ranch.
who rescues, provides care, loves and trains animals to help
people, has my respect and admiration."
want to thank you for the amazing visit we shared with you both
and Kazzy and all the wonderful animals you brought with you
to Primrose. Believe me, the residents, although impaired, still
ask about and remember that visit.
is magic what happens when such terrific energy as yours has
such an impact on so many."
Primrose Alzheimers Facility
Santa Rosa, CA