Coloradoan Causes Article from Sept. 12, 2013

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Human-animal teams offer love, friendly faces

 
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Sep. 12, 2013  

 

Larimer Animal People Partnership team Amy Fristoe and her cat, Homer, listen while Marlo Rulon, 8, reads a book. LAAP human and animal volunteers were at Council Tree Library on Sunday for children to meet and read to therapy animals.
Larimer Animal People Partnership team Amy Fristoe and her cat, Homer, listen while Marlo Rulon, 8, reads a book. LAAP human and animal volunteers were at Council Tree Library on Sunday for children to meet and read to therapy animals. / Sarah Jane Kyle/The Coloradoan

 

Larimer Animal People Partnership team Yvonne Hanning and her dog, Rex, a golden retriever, show Katelyn Robinson, 5, a trick. LAAP human and animal volunteers were at Council Tree Library in Fort Collins on Sunday for children to meet and read to therapy animals.
Larimer Animal People Partnership team Yvonne Hanning and her dog, Rex, a golden retriever, show Katelyn Robinson, 5, a trick. [LAPP] human and animal volunteers were at Council Tree Library in Fort Collins on Sunday for children to meet and read to therapy animals. / By Sarah Jane Kyle/The Coloradoan

 

Larimer Animal People Partnership

 

What: Larimer Animal People Partnership is an umbrella organization for therapy animal teams certified through Pet Partners or TD Inc. The organization visist libraries through the Animal Afternoon Programs, Crossroads Safehouse, Oakbrook II Senior Citizens and Touchstone Health Partners. Many members also volunteer with MCR, Poudre Valley Hospital and elementary schools in our community.

Who to contact: Amy Fristoe, afristoe@msn.com.

Volunteer prerequisites: Volunteer teams must be certified as Pet Partners through a Delta evaluation (this would include many types of animals such as cats, rabbits, horses, etc.) or to certify through TD Inc., which certifies therapy dog teams. The teams who have registered through one of these organizations may then join LAPP and volunteer through the program. Some sites have their own prerequisites,which can include drug tests or background checks. Pet Partner teams must get requalified every two years. All animals require a pre-screening by a vet for health purposes.

Volunteer responsibilities: Vary according to locations.

Typical time commitment per week: Volunteers set their own schedule. Some teams volunteer once a month and others several times a week.

“It’s when (people) make that connection with Rex and he can bring something to them that I love. You’re just really moved by whatever interaction just happened.” [LAPP] volunteer Yvonne Hanning on her dog, Rex.

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