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


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


              An elementary student reads to a HABIT (Human Animal Bond in Tennessee) volunteer dog as part of the Ruff Reading program. HABIT is part of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine



(LOUDON, Tenn.) - 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 Episcopal Church of the Resurrection Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 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 Fellowship Hall at the church which is located at 917 Pond Road, Loudon, TN, 37774. 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 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: 07-22-14 Viewed: 87855 times

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Sandra Harbison
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
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Knoxville, TN 37996

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