Welcome to 2022. What a first year we have had. In just 8 months RocDog has now grown to 62 Certified Therapy Dogs and 91 Handlers working to help those in need in our Community.
RocDog is a Non-Profit focused on Therapy Dog Services in Western New York. The focus is to serve in our Community’s with our Therapy Dogs. Volunteers and their Therapy Dogs are a great resource for good. The Pandemic has affected us all. People have been in isolated and hurting and we have seen firsthand how a Dog can lighten up a face, bring a smile, get a giggle, and even laugh. These things can become contagious. Let us come visit and show you first-hand just what a Therapy Dog can do for you.
RocDog had hoped to have 3 Certified Dogs in its first 12 months. But things have exploded. Communities and Facilities have welcomed us with open arms. RocDog is also now Serving in over 60 locations in Western New York. Check out the Community Page to see some of the places we are Serving.
RocDog’s goal is to Serve in the Community to Support people in need. RocDog Volunteers or Family Members as we like to call them come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but a singular desire to Serve others. Could you use a visit from a Therapy Dog? Contact us and we can talk about how our Family Members can support you or your group.
RocDog has a special project just waiting for Support. This project is called “Paws for Hearts”. RocDog plans to; Foster, Train, and Certify Dogs to become Therapy Dogs, and then place these Dog’s in Special Needs families. RocDog needs Volunteers and Funding for this work. Contact us to learn more about how you can help.
Check out the Article about RocDog. November / December 2021 – 55 Plus Magazine for Rochester’s active adults (roc55.com)
The goal of using the term Family is to bring people together that want to Serve in the local Community. Whether the individual has a dog or not, the individual can still serve in the community. Therapy Dogs offer a fantastic avenue to be able to bring people together from just about any background. The hope is that this group of people and dogs will come together to support each other as they serve.
The first thing they plan to do is get people with dogs that have completed Therapy Dog training to get themselves and their Dogs certified. They will then work to create Teams to begin to go out into the Community.
Training will be an important part of working with the Volunteers and dogs. Handlers and Volunteers need to understand that they are truly a big part of the Therapy effort. Words and actions can give great comfort. Many times, a Therapy Dog breaks the barrier within a session. The Handler and Volunteer can then spend time just communicating in conversation. Therapy Dogs know that many people they serve feel isolated and lonely. As Team members become trained and certified, they will begin to move out into the Community serving at different locations. More experienced Teams may find themselves in more challenging places to serve.
As the Family of Volunteers grows, there will be lots of different jobs that Volunteers can fulfill that will become visible in the Community. Paul and Sue Anthony believe that Therapy Dogs and Handlers/Teams will have a positive impact on the local Community.
The goal of using the term Community is to direct RocDog services in several directions. Their desire is to help work through the disconnection of Law Enforcement and the community. Law Enforcement needs community support. As those relationships build, RocDog Non-Profit will assist in building bridges and mending broken relationships from the past.
They also see themselves working with different groups and businesses in the Community. For example: Hospitals, Schools, Transitional Living Homes, Shelters, Nursing Homes, businesses, and any groups that could use the services.
Another possibility is to be able to provide special Dogs to people as a Therapy Dog or Service Dog. The process can be hard. First, they must find the right Dog as a puppy and spend time training the dog for this service. Then finding a match with someone in need. It will take special staff to implement this type of program.
Also, another area to explore is the training of service dogs for people that have special needs. They understand that this is an idea that is down the road. These services will require highly trained people to work with these dogs and help placement with people. The list of people that can benefit from these types of dogs is long. For example: veterans that have come home with PTSD’s.
The goal of using the term WORLD is to assist when a disaster or a crisis strikes close to home, or outside of New York. Volunteers need to be prepared to be able to go when needed. This will require special training for Handlers and Volunteers. Several things happen when assisting in these types of events. They are:
1. Handlers must be prepared for what they are going to encounter.
2. First time Handlers will be required to go along with a veteran.
3. Only go to places that RocDog is invited.
Once we have a core group trained for this type of service, we will contact Agencies to create partnerships with them, and be ready to serve when called on.
The second part of the World for them, is looking around the world to find places that they can support with some of their resources.
Places they are currently supporting:
“Home of Love Orphanage” in Leogane, Haiti, feeding 40 Orphans every month.
“Be Finally Free “in Bakersfield, California, helping people in need.
The best therapists have fur and four legs, being around a pet is scientifically proven to have physical and mental health benefits
Well, my day has ended well. I met a Dog with his own business card. Thanks Joshua
Joshua is the highlight of our Wednesdays when he come to visit
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