Therapy Animal Teams in Kansas City
Mo-Kan Pet Partners is a local Community Partner of Pet Partners, the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing Animal-Assisted Interventions. Our volunteers are trained and evaluated through Pet Partners processes. At a local level, we assist our members as they serve the health and educational facilities (hospitals, nursing homes, mental health programs, Veterans services, hospice organizations, schools) as well as camps, libraries, and community events.
Our members enjoy social opportunities, mentoring and ongoing educational enrichment.
Mo-Kan members Lisa and Ash Horn, Jan and Bubba Andrews, Dwayne and Captain Schwartz and Teresa and Riley Ellis, joined Shadow Buddies and Delta Airlines to offer a magical holiday experience for medically fragile children. The children and family members departed from the Kansas City airport and landed at the North Pole where they met Santa and a host of fantasy heros.
Recent requests for Special Event visits have produced many smiles among area students and staff. Activities supporting campus finals as well as Mental Health Awareness month at Mid-America University, Olathe North High, Bridges Academy, UMKC, Kansas City University and Swope Health Services included several WONDERFUL Mo-Kan Pet Partners teams. Heartfelt thanks to:
Walt and Cinnabun Davis
Cailee and Neely Crist
Steve and Lexi Lu Small
Shery and Quinn Fetterman
Jenny and Lady Wiley
Tina and Presley Strub
Tina and Beamer Strub
Rosan and Joker Bowers
Elaine and Mo Bowers
Jenny and Major Tom Tasche
New Pet Partners team; Carol Regan and partner Sofie Grace began their visiting career December 1 at a local elementary school. Sofie listened patiently for last minute instructions and then confidently connected with many children through reading. A trip to Starbucks for a post visit treat capped off a fabulous first day.
Julie Goodman and Jordan on KMBC. Julie explains the importance of the animal-human bond.
The link below will take you to the KMBC video.
Fox 4 shot video at Woodneath Library in Liberty, Mo on January 22, 2018, to showcase Pet Partners READ WITH ME program.
Dogs: They're the best listeners. ???? How cool is this? Kids at Woodneath Library Center got to read to some precious pups on Monday to practice their reading skills and gain some confidence, too. Video by FOX4's Alex Bruns.
Posted by FOX 4 News Kansas City on Monday, January 22, 2018
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