BISHPets Animal Therapy Teams
|Contact||Ms Lian Ellis, Coordinator Volunteer Services, Brain Injury Services; Phone: 905-523-8852 ext 274; Fax: 905-523-8211; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|More Info Link||www.braininjuryservices.com|
|Duties||BISHPETS is an animal assisted therapy and animal assisted activity (AAA/AAT) pet visitation program. |
A team consists of a handler and one pet. (This must be the handler's own pet or a pet that is well known to them with the written permission of the owner.)
Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, llamas, horses and other pets may be suitable.
Teams who pass the evaluation may choose from various Brain Injury Services locations Southern Ontario or read with children at the Paws for Reading literacy assistance program at the Hamilton Central Library.
|Benefits||Rewarding position for handler and enjoyable for confident, sociable pet. Teams work with clients at many different levels of cognitive and physical ability, for example, friendly visits, literacy assistance (Paws for Reading at Hamilton Public Library) or therapeutic depending on handler's comfort level and team's overall score.|
|Clients||Adults with acquired brain injury, children, other.|
|Dates and Times||AAA/AAT visit times at Brain Injury Services locations are very flexible depending on the team's availability. |
Paws for Reading (Hamilton Public Library) is only on Tuesday evenings as posted on the Hamilton Public Library website.
|Seasons||Year Round - (Paws for Reading at Hamilton Public Library does not run in the summer.) ; Brain Injury Service visits are year-round. Paws for Reading at Hamilton Public Library does not run in the summer.|
|Location||225 King William Street, Suite 508, at Jarvis Street, Hamilton, ON L8R 1B1|
|Number of Positions||Hamilton Central: 6 individual(s) ; Hamilton Mountain: 2 individual(s) ; Hamilton West: 2 individual(s) |
10 individual(s) needed in total.
Dogs and cats must be at least 1 year old.
|Ages||16 year(s) and up|
|Suitable for OSSD||No|
|Minimum Hours||1 / Week|
|Commitment Length||Long Term (more than 12 months)|
|Training||Orientation ; Training is required ; Orientation at specific location, online training to be completed within 3 months of start date. A successful evaluation is mandatory.|
|Transportation||On Bus Route - All bus routes that travel to downtown.|
|Interaction Level||One-on-one ; Small Group|
|Start Date||On or after 18 Nov 2013 and on or before 30 Apr 2014|
|Cost||Evaluation is free. Proof of annual veterinary care is required. Please email for a booklet on what to expect during the evaluation. (Evaluations are held every other month - Generally on the third Sunday. Pre-registration is required, email or call for more info or go to YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/BISHPets or the Brain Injury Services website at: http://www.braininjuryservices.com/services_bishpets.html|
|Volunteer Categories||Assistant ; Befriending ; Pet Assisted Therapy ; Recreational Activities|
|Skills/Experience||Must have excellent communication skills and an ability to advocate effectively for their pet.|
|Additional Requirements||Volunteers with suitable dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, llamas, horses, etc. are encouraged to apply. Evaluation is required. Please call for details.|
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|Organization Name||Brain Injury Services|
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