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Pet Therapy

Southeastern Greyhound Club's Pet Therapy ("Patient Paws") program is one in which volunteers bring their dogs to a chosen healthcare facility to provide interaction with the residents or patients. Our volunteers visit the residents in their rooms, in the hallways, and in common recreational areas, practically wherever an encounter can occur.  The volunteers assist their Greyhounds in spreading good cheer, tail wags, and warm hugs to all the patients. Join a group near you and make a difference in someone's life!

Benefits

National studies have confirmed the therapeutic effects of animals upon humans. Pet therapy visitations provide a warm and comforting presence and a relaxing interlude to residents of healthcare facilities. Stroking a pet can aid in relaxation which relieves stress and anxiety and lowers blood pressure. It can also ease the loneliness of the elderly in nursing homes, and help children overcome allergies. Petting also encourages the use of hands and arms thus improving fine motor skills of the elderly and even handicapped children. Residents become more active and responsive both during and after a visit. Our visits offer entertainment and a welcome distraction and provide stimulation to the patients. We often engage in conversations with patients of their lost beloved pets. Patients who may not be friendly to others or to staff often come "out of their shell" when we are present with our dogs.

Click here to read an article from the March 2005 issue of Country Living (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required. Visit Adobe to download the free reader if necessary.) It's not specific to Greyhounds but definitely is a tribute to pet therapy in general. And here is a perfect pet therapy story.

Greyhounds as Therapy Dogs

Greyhounds are perfect therapy dogs due to their outgoing and friendly nature, gentle and docile disposition, and quiet demeanor. Their height makes them easily accessible to those confined to a hospital bed or those in wheelchairs.  Our dogs work as a team, searching out the next resident to visit and to provide their love to. Their reward is simple...a rub on the head, ear scratches, some "baby talk"...or even a biscuit! Yes, some patients even have their own stash specifically for our pups and they absolutely love it!

Greyhounds were also used as therapy dogs immediately after 9/11 providing comfort to the many rescue workers and the many families waiting to hear news regarding their loved ones near Ground Zero. And they are used in countless other settings--children’s hospitals, burn clinics, Alzheimer care facilities, assisted living facilities, VA hospitals...you name it, they’ve been there!

Our Responsibilities

As representatives of SEGC we provide a service to the residential healthcare facilities that we visit. We must follow the rules and regulations set forth by each individual establishment that we visit.

Patient confidentiality is maintained at all times. Our therapy dogs must be current on all immunizations and records must be provided to each location that we visit. They also must be clean and well-groomed.

Characteristics of good therapy dogs include the willingness to approach people, being well-behaved around people and other dogs, and being calm, tolerant and friendly.

Visits

We have several residential healthcare facilities in Atlanta and surrounding areas that we visit on a monthly basis. We have many flexible schedules to choose from. Dates and times of our visits are posted below.  Choose a facility that best suits your location and schedule.  When arriving at your location for the first time, always take with you a copy of your dog's vaccination records and let the hostess know to expect you. Their email addresses and phone numbers are listed so you may contact them directly. We will also occasionally visit area children's hospitals and burn clinics.  Special outings will be announced on the SEGC Yahoo group discussion list and on the events calendar.

Locations

Click on a location to go directly to that location's details:

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
Address: 1405 Clifton Road NE
  Atlanta, GA 30322-1062
Schedule: Dates vary. If interested, contact Susan.
Host: Susan Manning
Host Phone: 770-596-4444
Note: Limit of 5 Greyhounds a visit. No one under 18 years of age may volunteer due to Egleston's policy.
 
Cumming Manor Assisted Living and Nursing Center
Address: 2775 Castleberry Road
  Cumming, GA 30040
Schedule: Third Saturday - 10:30 a.m.
Host: Becky
Host Phone: 770-495-8403
 
Eastside Gardens Assisted Living
Address: 2078 Scenic Highway North
  Snellville, GA 30078
Schedule: First Saturday - 11 a.m.
Host: Susan Manning
Host Phone: 770-596-4444
 
Hope Memory Care
Address: 355 Brandywine Boulevard
  Fayetteville, GA 30214
Schedule: First Tuesday - 11:30 a.m.
Host: Sandi
Host Phone: 770-251-8589
 
Sunrise Assisted Living
Address: 11405 Medlock Bridge Road
  Johns Creek, GA 30097
Schedule: Second Friday - 10:30 a.m.
Host: Rich
Host Phone: 770-667-2121
 
The Retreat
Address: 898 College Street
  Monticello, GA 31064
Schedule: First Sunday - 6 p.m.
Host: Betty Jean
Host Phone: 706-468-1229
 
Woodland Ridge
Address: 4005 South Cobb Drive
  Smyrna, GA 30080
Schedule: Second Tuesday - 7 p.m.
Host: Beth Kuhn
Host Phone: 770-424-3066
 

Questions

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact SEGC.