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Animal-assisted Therapy Program to Hold Meeting for Potential Volunteers in Cleveland


(CLEVELAND, TN.  January 22, 2013) - 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 Cleveland Public Library in Cleveland, Tennessee, Tuesday, February 12, 2013, from 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for registration.

HABIT is a non-profit group of volunteers working together to promote the bond between people and animals. As a program of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, 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.

The volunteer orientation/informational meeting will take place in the Carmichael Conference room located on the second floor of the Cleveland Public Library.

For liability purposes, attendance at an informational meeting is required before a person can become a HABIT volunteer. 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 cost or advanced registration required to attend the meeting. 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, HABIT East Tennessee Program Coordinator by email or at (865) 974-5633.  The programs website is

In case of inclement weather, visit the HABIT website or call the office for details.



Posted: 01-22-13 Viewed: 56359 times

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