Without North Star Therapy Animals, the staff, patients and families of Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital and Park Nicollet Melrose Institute would be without the safe and comforting company of our Caring Canines. NTSA is the main feeder of therapy dogs to our two facilities where the dogs are some of the most visible and valued volunteers of our 800+ volunteer force. The dogs provide joy and a sometimes welcome distraction to people who are hurting due to illness, concern for a loved one, or the stress of working in such an environment. Their visits are invaluable. We have NTSA to thank for sending these dogs our way, and providing training and support for our current Caring Canine teams.
Julie Pfitzinger highlights two NSTA member teams in her article on therapy animals and therapy animal services. Is your pet suited as a therapy animal?
“When people ask me why [we] do what we do, I tell them we have had a front-row seat at many miracles.”
Read the article here: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/relationship/137720208.html