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Meet Judy – Helping Hand Volunteer

Judy is a Helping Hand Volunteer to Pet Therapy team, Sue and Tyrion, and visits with the children at Homeward Bound twice a month on Thursdays. In just a short time, this dynamite team has been able to introduce many activities to help teach essential core behaviors. Some of the activities included: learning how to groom Tyrion, writing a story of a trip to take with Tyrion and love letters, plus creating expressive art.

Recently, the team has been staying an extra 30 minutes so the children can read with Tyrion, a skill many of them are struggling with. Judy will lead an activity in the library, while each child has a few minutes one-on-one to read to Tyrion.

On a recent visit, Judy led the children in a game of dog bingo and it was a hit! The kids were excited and engaged to play the game, and though they struggled to find the words and names on the cards, Judy helped them through it continuing to build their confidence.

Gabriel’s Angels Helping Hand Volunteers are invaluable. These volunteers:
  • Partner with a Pet Therapy Team on visits
  • Help manage larger groups of kids
  • Collaborate in planning visit activities
Research confirms that pet therapy visits create a bond of unconditional love between a dog and child that allows for improving social and emotional development.
“It’s been such a pleasure observing the children interact with Tyrion over the past year! Tyrion creates a joyful and ‘in the present’ experience for everyone involved.” Thank you so much Judy, for being a Helping Hand volunteer with Pet Therapy team, Sue and Tyrion.
If you’re looking for a rewarding way to volunteer but you don’t own a therapy pet, consider becoming a Helping Hand. Attend a Virtual Volunteer Information Session at:  bit.ly/3xQRxpZ

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