Welcome to the AAP Online website. We are glad you stopped by to visit. Please feel free to browse around and see what is going on with the program. This program is a group of volunteers from the Kearney, Nebraska area with dogs, cats and other animals registered with Therapy Dogs Inc. and also Delta Society. Our programs and visits include places for youth such as the public library and numerous daycare providers and schools. We also visit local hospitals, nursing homes, and other places we are invited. We also participate in local activities such as parades, camps and other community events.
Animal Assisted Therapy Program
Medical professionals are becoming increasingly aware of the therapeutic and soothing effects animals have on patients. A growing number of clinical studies are proving that animals contribute to physical health by lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety levels and increasing survival rates for people with heart disease.
Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) of Kearney, Nebraska has transformed healthcare delivery and positively affected family members, staff and the community through a program that complements traditional models. While other animal assisted therapy programs (AAP) have long been admired for the impact they have in the health care setting, what sets GSH AAP apart from others is the hospital’s commitment to support the program to provide services not only to the hospital but also to the our entire community.
Jude and Schatzi were recognized for their work at the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon by this note of appreciation received from a family member of a patient at Good Samaritan Hospital:
Animal Assisted Therapy - Jude and therapy dog Schotzy mad a world of difference to my 3-year old son receiving chemotherapy for Leukemia. They often met us at the door and walked him to his room at the Cancer Center. He came to look forward to his visits here and seeing Schotzy. Schotzy really helped bring comfort and solitude to my son and brought a smile to his face. Thank you, thank you!
In the fall of 2001 Larry, our then puppy Neco and I attended the Samoyed Nationals in Denver. That was when we first heard about pet therapy. We were so captivated by the numerous stories and upon returning to Kearney immediately started training to become certified. We have been involved in the pet therapy program for 10 years with Neco.
In the fall of 2002 Brighton joined our family. He and Neco have the same mother. Brighton started pet therapy at a very young age. We were going many places that wanted the little puppy to join us. As soon as possible Brighton was fully certified. Brighton has been in the program for 9 years.
In 2009 the four of us were selected to receive The Spirit of Planetree Therapy Animal Award. This is a nationwide organization that is participated in by Good Samaritan Hospital.
We have made visits to Bryant School, Meadowlark School, Northeast School, Zion School, Sunrise Middle School, Kearney Senior High School, YMCA preschool, private school in Lincoln, PEO organization, Relay for Life, various Senior Citizens Housing, Omaha Care Center, Public Library reading program for children, Camp Bear, Richard Young Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital.
~ Larry and Helen Miller
Animals in Action: Implementing and Growing an Active Animal-Assisted Therapy Program
Tami Fleshman, CTRS, CCAP, HTR, of Good Samaritan Hospital
This session describes the experience of implementing and growing an active animal-assisted program. Volunteers for Delta Society, Inc., and Therapy Dog, Inc provide support (education, training, observation) for 55 volunteers who provide over 5,000 volunteer hours. One dog is also a member of the Funny Bones Caring Clown program. Activities include hospital visits, modeling for the annual calendar, Library Paws to Read program, parades, nursing home and physician office visits, children's camp, and Kidz Explore. Resources
are shared with attendees as well as shared experiences for growing a program, and lessons learned.
Hello Everyone! Do you know this quote?
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?
Dorothy: I'm not a witch at all. I'm Dorothy Gale from Kansas.
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: Oh. Well, is that the witch?
Dorothy: Who, Toto? Toto's my dog!
KHS presents the Wizard of OZ October 28th-November 1st. What does this mean to us? Pet therapy volunteers have been asked to participate in the Breakfast with the Stars of Wizard and celebrate the wonderful role of TOTO. This is the first time in a long time that we have been invited to participate in a Kearney Public School event, it would be great if we have a good turn out to further our part in the school community.
Mark your calendars for October 30th at 9 am at Kearney Senior High. We will probably meet about 8:50 am to organize. I believe we will enter through the auditorium doors. Confirmation of details will be sent soon. We have a lot going on in October and as always, thank you for all you do!
Kim Williams - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bark for Life
Octorber 10th from 2-4.
Notice: The venue has changed from Yanney Park to Praire View Gardens.
(This is not an official pet therapy event, however they would take any volunteers to help set up/clean up before and after the event. Contact Kim Williams -email@example.com)
We would like to thank Marla and Karen for helping with the Annual Meeting. It was a great success!
Our first presentation was from Marla, Gordon and Karen on Pet First Aid. Please see the attached documents for a summary.
GSHS Animal Assisted Programs has been nominated several times for the 2009 Freedom Award
given out by the Kearney Hub
. The nominiations were for the visits to the Kearney Public Library and nursing homes in the area. Visit the recent Kearney Hub article highlighting Paws to Read
We would like to express our deep gratitude for Alaina and Amy for getting the program connected with the Library. Additionally for all the volunteers that make and keep connections with our nursing homes. This program would not be what it is without the dedication, initiative and drive of the volunteer workforce and special thanks and congratulations to those directly involved in the conception and ongoing work with these programs!
CONGRATULATIONS and Good Work!