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College Outreach Program Expands to Tri-Cities and Seeks Volunteers Interested in Animal-Assisted Therapy

(KNOXVILLE, 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 Washington County Department of Education Monday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m.- 7:45 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. There is already an immediate need for at least two dozen volunteers in the Tri-Cities area. HABIT coordinators expect that need to grow as more schools and other facilities become aware of the programs benefits.

The volunteer orientation/informational meeting will take place in the lower level of  the Washington County Department of Education located at 405 W. College Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee. Signs to the meeting will be posted throughout the building.

For liability purposes, attendance at an informational meeting is required before a person can become a HABIT volunteer. Attendance does not imply any obligation. 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 contact 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 by calling (865) 974-5633.  Click here to see the story of a HABIT volunteer.



Posted: 09-01-10 Viewed: 828 times

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Sandra Harbison
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
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