Have you heard of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs Program? This sticker to promote the program was designed by my talented niece Jillian Sliter, just one of many artistic accomplishments displayed in her expanding graphic design portfolio.
The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs Program was initiated over twenty years ago to help bring immeasurable happiness, joy, comfort and even stress relief to the sick, elderly and/or lonely. With the first pilot project a success in Peterborough, Ontario the program has grown tremendously since then, now in operation within Canadian communities from coast to coast.
The sweet faces and antics of these well-trained therapy dogs are popular in seniors’ homes, schools, community centers, hospitals and more. The dogs can be cuddled, petted and played with, all low impact activities that can offer a healthy distraction from sadness, pain and loneliness.
Police officers, social workers and firemen alike recognize the contributions to communities that these dogs can also offer in times of crisis. These four legged, friendly volunteers are unique. If you think your dog might qualify to meet the needs of designated patients in the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs program, check out the website and apply. My brother’s dog Jackson loves his new job, and his new friends cannot resist his adorable personality and face.
If you or someone you know might benefit from the services of a therapy dog, contact your local branch of St. John Ambulance to submit your request.