Have you ever thought about doing something SPECIAL with your pet?
It doesn't matter if your pet is a dog, cat or rabbit.
What makes a Great Therapy Pet?
The pet must be at least 9 months old, calm, friendly, well socialized and up to date on shots. They must like being around other pets and being petted by people of all ages.
Pets must not be on a raw food diet.
A Handler/Dog/Cat/Rabbit team consists of one pet and one handler, who is over 18 years of age.
Dogs are certified Through the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC). FAF is associated with a CGC evaluator and can work with interested teams to get certified.
Cats and rabbits are certified through FAF and are tested at a library.
Some of the components of the FAF/CGC certification include :
Accepting a friendly stranger
Sitting politely for petting
Appearance and Grooming
Out walking on a loose leash with turns
Walking through a crowd
Sitting and laying down on command /Staying in place
Coming when called
Reacting calmly to another animal
Reaction to different distractions
Supervised 3 minute separation
Takes a treat politely from hand
Reacting calmly to loud noises, medical equipment like wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walker or other equipment deemed necessary
Leave it- will walk past a treat
If you're interested please go to www.FUReverAsFriends.org and fill out a volunteer form or if you would like to speak to someone call (856) 975-6710
FURever As Friends is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization of dedicated volunteers based in Gloucester, Salem, Camden and Cumberland Counties in New Jersey who love to give back to the community with the help of their certified pets. The services that we provide enhance the bond between people and pets in a nurturing environment and are specifically designed to offer unconditional love and pet-assisted therapy to people of all ages in a variety of different settings.