Volunteers with pets welcomed

Nov 14 2010 - 2:46am

Volunteers with pets welcomed

Sam and Max and their partner, Norma Disz, are one of 300 therapy teams working for Intermountain Therapy Animals.

Dogs often do therapy work, but so do cats, rabbits, birds, domestic rats, goats and miniature horses.

The canine volunteers come in all types, from golden retrievers to Saint Bernards to English setters, Disz says.

"It doesn't make any difference what your breed is -- big, little, in between," she says.

Some pets and their handlers visit hospitals or nursing facilities, others go to detention homes, and others volunteer in schools where they listen to children read.

To volunteer for Intermountain Therapy Animals, pet owners must attend a training course and pass a skills and temperament exam with their animals.

For more information, call 801-272-3439 or visit www.therapyanimals.org.

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