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Animal-assisted Therapy Program to Hold Informational Meeting in the Tri-Cities


Open to anyone interested in volunteering with their dog, cat, or rabbit


                 HABIT is an animal-assisted therapy program of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville. An elementary school student in Ruff Reading with HABIT dog


(Blountville, TN.  July 2, 2014) A free informational meeting for those interested in becoming volunteers with Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), an animal-assisted therapy program, will be held at the Northeast State Community College Monday, July 14, 2014, from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for registration. HABIT is a program of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.


HABIT is a non-profit group of volunteers working together to promote the bondbetween people and animals. HABIT sponsors animal-assisted therapy programs for all ages in a variety of settings such as nursing and retirement homes, assisted living centers, hospitals, physical rehabilitation centers, and area schools.


A HABIT coordinator will explain what she is looking for in dogs, cats and rabbits as potential animal-assisted therapy partners at the volunteer orientation/informational meeting. The meeting will take place in the library, room L106 at the community college which is located at 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, Tennessee, 37617.


For liability purposes, attendance at an informational meeting is required before a person can become a HABIT volunteer and before a facility can partner with HABIT.  Attendance does not imply any obligations.  Please do not bring any pets to this meeting.


This meeting is open to anyone with a general interest in animal-assisted therapy. There is no fee or advanced registration required. However, please call the HABIT office 865-974-5633 if you plan to attend to ensure enough handouts are available. For further information and directions, contact Ruth Sapp, East Tennessee HABIT Program Coordinator by email or at 865-974-5633. 



Posted: 07-02-14 Viewed: 72634 times

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College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
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