Diane created and
organized "Happy Tails" a volunteer based Pet Therapy
Interactive Support Group which serves Pittsburgh Area assisted
living residents and various rehabilitation centers. The program
offers hands on personal contact with a selection of approved and
temperament tested canines and felines.
*donations are gratefully appreciated
and go towards transportation costs, crates, K-9 service vests and
escalating veterinary care.
The encounters usually last 1 hour and are accompanied with dog
license presentations, antique dog collar exhibits, a brief discussion
of past and present canine tax laws, fees and trivia. Questions
are answered and photos are taken and presented to residents on
their bulletin board. Grooming tips and safe behavior around pets
are also discussed. The volunteers rotate pets and mingle with the
residents. The seniors just radiate with happiness when they see
the pet brigade come in to their activities room. The pets love
the attention and they enjoy working for hugs and kisses.