Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Salon Bark Open House

Don't miss the Grand Opening for Salon Bark on Thursday, November 18th from 6 pm to 9 pm. Photomasters Photography will be doing complimentary Holiday shoots for your furry child. Bone-Fish Grill and Hungarian Delicatessen will be offering dog friendly outdoor dining. There will be awesome items in the silent auction... to benefit Canine Assisted Therapy from dinner at Grill 66 and Bar to facials from Angelina's Skin-Care as well as great theme baskets. Come and have some fun!

Salon Bark
6274 North Federal Highway
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Canine Assisted Therapy Essentials Boutique Shop for a Cause


Start your Holiday shopping and help support

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
Located in the Harbor Shops at
1851 Cordova Road (off of 17th Street)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Essentials Boutique will generously donate 20% of profits
from 10 AM to 7:00 PM to Canine Assisted Therapy

Join C.A.T. for wine and hors d'oeuvres
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

With every purchase receive a coupon for 1-free drink at
Lauderdale Grill
1901 Cordova Road
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Win a stunning Pandora Bracelet!
Raffle Tickets available at Essentials Boutique November 10 - November 16
Drawing at 7:00 PM 11/16/10
Need not be present to win
1 ticket for $5
4 tickets for $10
10 tickets for $20

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pet First And CPR: Learning it may save your dog's life!

You are your pet's first responder!

According to the American Animal Hospital Association 25% more pets would survive if just one first aid technique was applied prior to receiving emergency veterinary care.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is the most important first aid technique that every pet owner should be comfortable with. Chances are that you will never have to use it, but it will save your pet's life if a foreign object gets lodged in his airway.

Canine Assisted Therapy and Dr. Rudd Nelson, DVM have been providing pet first aid and CPR seminars for the past year.  To date, there have been 5 animals saved because the owners attended one of these classes. We were fortunate enough to hear first hand a very touching story about Magnolia who was saved because her owner attended our C.A.T. pet first aid and CPR course.  It is our pleasure to share this wonderful story with you.  We hope that it will help everyone understand the importance of learning pet first aid and CPR.
Read the story of Magnolia the Papillion.... "Mouth to Snout" The Breath of Life

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mutts & Martinis Yappy Hour

Thank you to Go Riverwalk for allowing C.A.T. and the other non-profits to set up our information booths at the event.  It was extremely hot, but a great time was had by everyone who attended.
Here are just a few of the C.A.T. Dogs that attended the event!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Gilda's Club of South Florida - Steps for Life

Join C.A.T. at 
Steps for Life 
2nd Annual Breast Cancer Walk

Bring your C.A.T. Dog and wear your purple!  We will walk as a group to support the fight against breast cancer.  

We hope to see you all there!

CLICK HERE to find out more and to register.

1st Annual C.A.T. Halloween Bash!

Don't miss the 1st annual Canine Assisted Therapy Doggy Halloween Party and Parade!

Dress up your C.A.T. Dog and join in the fun!
  • Costume Contest
  • Games
  • Treats
  • Raffle

Saturday, October 30th
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Independence Hall Assisted Living
1639 NE 26th Street
Wilton Manors, FL 33305

CLICK HERE to find out more and to register.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

C.A.T. Volunteer Forum

Please join us:
Saturday, October 2nd
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Independence Hall Activity Room
1639 NE 26th Street
Wilton Manors, FL 33305

For our 1st C.A.T. Volunteer Forum!
This forum will allow C.A.T. volunteers the opportunity to share their unique perspective and be heard, as well as to learn about one another. We will be able to instantly share important information and ideas that we can use to improve our organization.

You do not need to be a C.A.T. member to attend. 
This forum is open to volunteers from any pet therapy organization so that we can all learn from each other and better improve the service that we all give to those in need.

Please do not bring dogs to this meeting so that there is minimal distraction.

CLICK HERE to find out more and to register.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mutts & Martinis Yappy Hour this Friday!

Be sure to come and visit C.A.T. at the Riverwalk 
Mutts & Martinis Yappy Hour this Friday night.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Traveling With Your Pet by Automobile

Finally, the summer heat is beginning to wane and there is a hint of coolness in the air. Fall is a great time to load the family in the car (including the family pet) and take off to enjoy the scenery. Here are some great tips for bringing your pet on your trip so that everyone will have a safe and happy trip.

If your pet is not accustomed to traveling in the car, take several short trips several weeks ahead of your travel. Go someplace fun like a dog park so your pet will associate car travel with a positive experience. Read More

Monday, August 23, 2010

Canine Assisted Therapy...Celebrating Our 1st Year

It's hard to believe that on August 10th, it will be a year since the incorporation of Canine Assisted Therapy. 

Our Mission: To provide a network of qualified, dependable, caring Therapy Teams committed to delivering a therapeutic benefit through the use of dogs to both children and adults who need comfort, companionship, or the unconditional love that only a dog can provide.  To provide support, training, education and mentoring to those interested in dog therapy programs. To build connections between volunteers, facilities and individuals seeking dog therapy.

We have been truly blessed by wonderful volunteers and supporters who are helping C.A.T. to fulfill this mission.  Because of these wonderful volunteers and supporters, our services have expanded beyond what we first envisioned. 

C.A.T. volunteers not only provide the love and affection of their dogs to those in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities, but are going forth and providing other much needed services with their dogs.

Some of our current and future services include:

Continuing Education: To make Animal Assisted Activities (AAA)  and  Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) a great experience for those we serve and for the volunteers, education of our volunteers is key.  We have been fortunate enough to have Laura A. Weber, M.S., LMHC to head up this wonderful program which we began in December of last year.  Those who have attended the seminars have come away with a better understanding of such issues as: Mental Illness; Working With Special Populations; Infection Control in Facilities; Alzheimer's and Dementia. These are just a few of the informative seminars.  By having a better understanding of populations that we serve, our volunteers are much more prepared to provide the quality service that they have quickly become known for.

The Senior Corps: Senior Corps was created to involve the residents of assisted living facilities. Many of these individuals are unable to travel outside of their residence, so C.A.T. brings the volunteering opportunity to them.  The seniors assist in the new C.A.T. dog candidate evaluations by providing their participation with wheelchairs and walkers to insure that the dogs are comfortable around these devices.  They also help by putting together packages for special projects and events held by C.A.T.  The Senior Corps has provided an opportunity for those confined in assisted living, to experience the wonderful feeling of being able to give back to the community.

Teen Corps: The Teen Corps is currently in Oxford, Florida and is led by Susan McCauley. Teens and their dogs work together with Susan to prepare for the AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation with the goal of becoming a Certified C.A.T. Dog team.  The teens then visit nursing homes in the area with their Certified C.A.T. Dogs.  This program not only teaches the teens responsibility and creates a stronger bond with their pets, but enables them to give back to the community and fulfill their community service hour requirement.

Pack Readers Program: One of the most exciting opportunities for C.A.T. volunteers is participating in this program. Advanced Certified C.A.T. Dogs are accompanied by their handlers into schools to help children with their reading skills.  Little did we know that the dogs not only serve to help children with reading, but with social skills and self-confidence as well.  C.A.T. understands the importance of having knowledgeable volunteers working with the children so we are currently putting the finishing touches on a volunteer training program specifically for those participating in this opportunity.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT):  Beginning this month, many of our Advanced C.A.T. Dog Teams will be participating in Physical Therapy programs with the disabled.  The dogs will be an important part of the program by performing tasks such as walking alongside a wheel chair or walker, fetching a ball, allowing participants to assist with grooming activities, and many other activities. We all know how much more fun the most mundane activities are if you do them in the company of a dog. 

A very special thank you to all of our volunteers and donors who have helped to make this possible. We can't wait to see what the future will hold for C.A.T. and its wonderful volunteers.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Basic Pet First Aid/CPR - May 20, 2010

Pet first aid is the immediate and temporary care given to an injured animal until it can be taken to a professional veterinarian for more definite medical care and attention.
The goal of pet first aid is to protect pets from further harm, injury, or suffering during emergencies by teaching prompt, effective actions and care that will safeguard the life of an injured pet.
May 20, 2010
Bayview Animal Clinic
2850 E Commercial Boulevard
$15.00 PER PERSON - SPACE IS LIMITED!!! to sign up