Since 2000 Rx: Pets has been bringing the healing power of pets to communities in Northern California, specifically in, Redding, Red Bluff, Eureka, and Fortuna.
Their volunteer Pet Partner® teams are trained for animal assisted activities (AAA), animal assisted therapy (AAT), and Reading Education Assistance Dogs, R.E.A.D.® These experienced volunteers visit facilities such as local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, women’s shelters, schools, and libraries. Rx: Pets also provides meaningful education to the public about the healing power of animals. Though most of the animals in Rx: Pets are dogs and cats, there have also been rabbits, a rat, a chicken, and a miniature horse involved in the organization.
Shasta with a few classmates.
Shasta, above, is a Dachshund. Sometimes called a Doxie or a Wiener Dog, Dachshunds are a lively breed known for their long, low bodies and friendly personalities. Shasta has a smooth coat, but Dachshunds can also be wirehaired and longhaired. Shasta still lives in the home where he was born, along with his mom, Chloe, and five other Dachshunds. Home is sometimes called "Wienerville."
Shasta's right at home in
The benefits of incorporating animals to promote health and healing are fast becoming widely known. A study conducted at UCLA Medical Center and published by the American Heart Association showed that visits by volunteer-dog teams has a measurable positive effect on the variables that characterize heart failure, such as cardiac and neurological functioning as well as psychological mood enhancement.
Shasta specializes in visiting ICU patients
and brightening up their day.
Animals are a marvelous health tonic. If we include them in our lives, we shall live longer and certainly more rewarding lives.
Coco is an example of a longhaired Dachshund. In addition to the three types of coat in a wide variety of colors, Dachshunds also can be miniature or standard size. Coco is a wonderful visiting dog that loves all creatures great and small. He is a character and makes everyone laugh often.
Happy children look forward to reading
with a gentle dog like Coco.
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog.
Samantha ("Sam") happily greets a
young reader showing her what
story they'll share.
Rat Terriers like Sam are an American breed that is likely a mixture of many breeds, including Fox Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Beagle, Whippet, Italian Greyhound, and others. Typically loyal, active, and playful, Rat Terriers may be reserved with strangers but are intelligent and easy to train. Sam. By the time she was 11, Sam had been a therapy dog for 10 years and a R.E.A.D. partner for 4 years.