The Pet Therapy Program at Good Shepherd Community Care works by providing clients with proximity to animals, creating a comforting, nurturing presence. Pet therapy has commonly been known to increase socialization, enhance mental stimulation, encourage physical contact, decrease heart rate and blood pressure, and in some instances, create a sense of spiritual fulfillment. All of the Good Shepherd Community Care therapy pets are certified by Therapy Dogs International and are accompanied by their owner, or a trained Good Shepherd staff member or volunteer.
Born 6.11.07, his full name is FitzWilliam Darcy of Pemberly named after Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In addition to holding a diploma from the Yankee Golden Retriever Club Fitz holds a Canine Good Citizen certificate. He is an active member of Therapy Dog International. In addition to working as a therapy dog Fitz spends his days at an area independent school where his duties include dispensing unconditional affection and playing with students. During his free time Fitz enjoys chasing tennis balls, long walks in the woods, swimming and eating snow.
Martha, an Australian Labradoodle born in 2008, is a social butterfly and loves meeting people. As an active member of Therapy Dogs International, Martha volunteers with several local organizations visiting people young and old. At home, Martha spends her time napping and watching TV but her favorite activity is spending time outdoors doing anything that involves getting dirty - running in the woods, splashing through mud puddles, and searching for the perfect stick to chew.
For more information about Good Shepherd’s Pet Therapy Program, or any of the Integrative Therapies programs, please call our office at 617.969.6130 or email Mindy Sieber at firstname.lastname@example.org