Do you believe in the Endless Pawsibilities of the human-animal bond?✕
When it comes to being a therapy animal, Monkey doesn’t monkey around! Monkey and her handler Melodie have been registered with Therapy Animals of Utah since 2016, and volunteer at the Park City Library for their Paws to Read Program, at Kamas Elementary School for reading sessions in their after-care program, and at Sante Assisted Living in Heber City. The team conducts weekly visits, usually rotating through the different facilities. They also volunteer at several special events. Monkey especially loves stress relief events during Finals week at the University of Utah.
Monkey’s versatility enables her to adapt to the present situation whether it’s sitting quietly and listening while a youngster reads to her, or showing her playful side and entertaining onlookers with her tricks. Some of her most popular tricks are “Rodeo”, which is a spin on request, a canine version of a bucking bronco. When prompted to do “Inside Voice”, which is an indoor appropriate speak command, she gives a quiet little woof, to the delight of whoever she is visiting.
If you have dreamed of volunteering with your animal, or even if you don’t have an animal but would like to volunteer, or if you’re currently a volunteer but would like to refresh your skills, then the Fur-Real Hands-On Handler Practicum is for you!
The name of the class “Fur-Real Hands-On Handler Practicum” is new, but Therapy Animals of Utah (TAU) has been teaching these principles and techniques for the past 20 years.
Our mission statement is: Sharing the comfort, love, hope and healing of the human-animal bond through training, service, education and research. Effective training is integral to our mission. Additionally, Therapy Animals of Utah is proud to be the only Utah Community Partner of Pet Partners, a pioneer and leader in animal-assisted interactions and in the training and testing of therapy animal teams.