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Volunteers sought for Pawsitive TAILS program

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 9:14 a.m. CDT

TAILS Humane Society is looking for volunteers for its Pawsitive TAILS Animal Assisted Activities Program.

The program, made possible by a grant from the Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation, coordinates visits of volunteers and their pets to a variety of human service organizations throughout DeKalb County.

Positive interactions with pets have long been shown to have health benefits including stress reduction, lowered blood pressure and an increased sense of general well-being. Simply petting an animal can trigger a release of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which can elevate mood and have lasting positive effects.

Animal assisted activities programs such as Pawsitive TAILS are designed to provide opportunities for improving the quality of life of people through controlled interactions with specially trained animals and their handlers. Though dogs tend to be the most common species involved with AAA programs, cats, birds, bunnies, potbellied pigs and even miniature horses have been highly successful participants.

If you have an exceptional pet and are interested in becoming a volunteer in this program, contact Lisa at lsmith@tailshumanesociety.org or 815-758-2457, ext. 115. The next handler/pet evaluation session is planned for Feb. 1 at the DeKalb County Nursing Home. Appointments are required, contact Lisa.

More information about TAILS Humane Society or the Pawsitive TAILS Program is available online at www.tailshumanesociety.org.

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