Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partners®
While most of the volunteer staff at Sierra View walk upright, some of
the most popular hospital volunteers have four legs! That's right,
thanks to a partnership with Paws 4 Healing, Inc. in partnership with
Pet Partners®, Sierra View is able to offer both animal-assisted therapy
and animal-assisted activities to our patients.
Not only do therapy animals provide patients a fun diversion from the hospital
routine, but studies have shown that pet therapy can also be beneficial
to the healing process. Visits with these animals can help a patient relax,
lower blood pressure, reduce feelings of loneliness or depression, improve
balance and postural control, and much more.
Print the Paws 4 Healing brochure!
Sierra View's Pet Partners typically visit the facility and our patients
every two weeks. To see if they are available to bring you or a loved
one some joy and comfort during your stay, please review the schedule below.
|October 31, 2017
||November 14, 2017
||November 28, 2017
||December 12, 2017
||December 26, 2017
Do you have a pet who you think would make a good Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partner®?
Please read the requirements below:
- Currently, animals approved to be in the program are limited to dogs, birds,
guinea pigs, cats and hamsters. The hospital's Infection Control Committee
must approve other animals.
- All animals must pass health, skills, and aptitude screenings as set forth
by Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partners®. Handlers must complete and pass an
online or in-person Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partners® Therapy Animal Handler
course. Handler/ animal must pass evaluation by a Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partners®
licensed Team Evaluator.
- New Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partners® must attend volunteer hospital orientations
without their animal. New Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partners® will also be
assigned to work with an experienced Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partner®.
- A veterinarian must certify yearly that the animal is healthy, free of
infection, contagious disease, or dermatological problems, and immunizations
as recommended by Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partners®.
- Sierra View Medical Center will not assume any liability or responsibility
for the safety, health, or security of therapy animals.
If you are interested in becoming a Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partner® please
fill out our Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partners® Inquiry/ Application Form.
A representative from Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partners® will be in contact
with you soon.
Meet Our Pet Partners!
Full name: Allie Mae Owen
Breed: Rat Terrier
Birthdate: May 28, 2006
Weight: 20 pounds
Owner/Handler: Marsha Owen
Hobbies: I love to play with my toys and do tricks for people. I also love to
learn new tricks! Once I have mastered a trick, I am anxious to start
learning a new one so I can show off my skills. Some of my tricks include:
sit, stay, lie down, roll over, speak, shake, come, leave it, wait, give,
get it, sit up on my hind legs, and jumping through a hula hoop. I love
to travel with my human parents in their fifth wheel trailer. I am an
excellent traveler and have been to Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, South
Dakota, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and many places in
Training: I went to puppy, intermediate, and advanced school at PetSmart and learn
special tricks at home. I am also registered Pet Therapy Dog for Pet Partners®
and Paws 4 Healing.
Experience: I have been in Paws 4 Healing for seven years. I visit hospitals, nursing
homes, adult day cares and metal disabilities facilities. I love to visit
people and entertain them with my tricks. My mom and I like to call our
visits 'pet the people' and I often become attached to them as friends.
Socially: I love people and am very friendly. I think that everyone that comes
to the house is there just to visit me!
Full name: Mademoiselle Madeleine Montana (Maddy)
Adopted: January 29, 2012
Racing Name: Stable Mabel
Breed: Racing Greyhound, Retired
Birthdate: June 17, 2006
Weight: 68 lbs.
Owner/Handler: Carole Trask Perez
Hobbies: I'm a very easy going, loving girl. I'm a quiet girl who only
gets excited for walks & visiting my favorite people. I'm a great
smiler, which can be a bit scary with my dark face and eyes. My best hobby
is snoozing. I sleep every chance I get because I never know when I might
be needed for a fast sprint down the lane.
Training: I was born & raised on a puppy farm for racing greyhounds in Oshgosh,
Wisconsin. I've raced professionally in Arkansas, Florida, Arizona
& Tijuana. My mom adopted me from the Tijuana race track when I was
five years old. Mom & I took four lessons so I could learn to sit,
stay & down, which helped us qualify as a Pet Therapy Team for Paws4 Healing.
Experience: Now that I'm a retired racer, I'm starting my second career visiting
hospitals, nursing homes, adult day care and facilities for mental disabilities,
as well as giving demos for many interested groups.
Socially: Mom & I were certified as a Pet Therapy Team with Pet Partners &
Paws4Healing in September 2014 & we've enjoyed visiting Sierra
View Medical Center, Sierra Rehab, Sheltered Workshop, & P.A.D.S.
Once a month mom & I attend a Meet & Greet for our GreySave Greyhound
Adoption Group with ten of our greyhound cousins. We're called The
Thundering Herd! We love to show people how wonderful a pet a greyhound
will make & how easily we fit into loving families. Every year mom
drives us to Solvang, CA, for a big greyhound roundup. We have loads of
fun running fast & acting silly together with a couple hundred of
our Greyt friends. I'm ten years old & can run 18 MPH; this is
super for a middle aged lady! In the Spring, we have attended the Cancer
Society Bark in the Park in Porterville for the past four years, raising
funds for doggies with cancer. I try to make new friends wherever mom
takes me, as we have fun making new memories & perhaps helping people
feel a bit better.
Full Name: Lexi
Breed: Great Dane, Mantel
Birthdate: January 2, 2012
Weight: 116 lbs.
Owner/Handler: Jean Vafeades
Hobbies: Playing with toys, car rides and doing tricks for people I visit such as
sit, down, handshake, and bark only on command. I like picking up the
newspapers every morning and taking them to Dad, getting extra treats
from Dad and going on two walks a day with Mom. I also like running on
the beach and playing with my best dog friend Aztrik.
Training: I have to admit I put my parents through a lot of anxious moments. I arrived
in their care at 10 months old, with very little training. I had been
through three owners by then. I did not even know what a leash was and
I had a very difficult time focusing. When I arrived, my new big sister
Emma used to give me haughty looks and disapproving sounds. I didn’t
want to grow up. I went through two years of wonderful trainers before
I could sit still, focus, follow commands and meet the extra training
to be a Paws 4 Healing and Pet Partners Assisted Pet Therapy dog.
Experience: I finally grew up and realized I needed to “step into the big paws
of Emma” when she suddenly passed away. With pride, I am now taking
over Emma’s Paws 4 Healing/Pet Partners responsibilities. I visit
hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, VADS, Porterville
Sheltered facilities and Hospice.
Socially: I love greeting people on Paws 4 Healing visits, people we meet in stores,
on travels and on walks. Seeing their faces light up with smiles as they
reminisce about their own pet’s past/present makes me feel proud
that I brought them joy. I am told that my Assisted Pet Therapy visits
not only bring smiles to people, but I also lower their blood pressure,
help them socialize, provide entertainment and mental stimulation, promote
a feeling of well-being, lower heart rate and reduce stress and anxiety.
It makes my Mom and Dad proud too.
Full Name: Ella Fitzgerald
Breed: Golden Retriever
Birthdate: January 22, 2015
Weight: 60 lbs
Owner: Margo Wilson
Hobbies: I love to chew on things! That might be my favorite hobby. My mom keeps
lots of stuff scattered here and there for me to put my mouth around.
But I know what’s off limits for me too. I also love to go in the
car and it doesn’t matter where we go! Just as long as my mom is
the one driving and I can snuggle into her left shoulder. Another thing
I can call a hobby is running free all over our property in the country.
On nice days I like to jump into the river. It’s cold in the water,
but also exciting.
Training: I finished all three levels of dog training at Petsmart. I started when
I was only 9 weeks old. After I learned a few manners, I would go on my
leash all around the store and stop for lots of people to pet me. I never
got bored doing that. Then when I was home, my mom would teach me important
things all the time. I learned certain words were serious, like "Off!"
and "Stay!" and "Settle!" It was pretty easy. My mom
was strict. And she is still always teaching me!!
Experience: I just turned 2 years old, so my experience is not extensive. I go with
my mom to visit her hospice patients, and I have been with Paws4Healing
for a while. I passed my evaluation when I was just 14 months old! I like
to see the folks I meet give me big smiles and put their hands all over
me. I look forward to doing a lot more of my therapy dog stuff! Soon,
I will have many more experiences to my credit. It’s all fun, and
I feel good helping people.
Socially: Everything is social to me. My kennel mate Madison and I play all the
time. We chase, play tug of war and snuggle all the time. I like to irritate
Skooter, the cat, but he is very forgiving. I sleep right next to my mom’s
bed so I can keep track of her comings and goings. I like to be as near
to her as possible!