Hope Grove and her family witnessed firsthand the tremendous benefits of pet therapy when a family member was in hospice care. Because of their experience, the family pooled their resources to create a grant to fund certification of new pet therapy animals.
Floyd and his handler Becky were the first team to receive funding for certification. “Floyd and I have been working as a pet therapy team since 2001,” said Becky. When they moved back to Oregon, Becky visited the closest hospital, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, to see if they could volunteer.
“Floyd loves and greets everyone, but he’s especially drawn to children. Whether they are sick, healthy, cognitively challenged, shy, or exuberant, it doesn’t matter he loves them all. Floyd particularly seeks out children who need him,” said Becky.
Becky learned they could volunteer in the Children and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit (CAPU) which sounded like the perfect place for Floyd. But then she found out they needed to register with Pet Partners. Because Floyd and CAPU seemed like such a good fit, she decided to go through the Pet Partners training and testing. Within a couple of months, they were registered with Pet Partners.
“I am very thankful and honored to have received funds from this group,” said Becky.
Becky and Floyd now provide pet therapy to patients within the hospital and to our hospice patients throughout Clackamas County.
“Floyd loves and greets everyone”