Alzheimer’s Assistance Dogs

Alzheimers's Therapy Dog
Alzheimers’s Therapy Dog

Assistance and therapy dogs provide a range of services and they have been increasing steadily over the past few decades. Now, canine services can add Alzheimer’s and dementia assistance to their list of skills. We are all familiar with guide dogs for the blind and some of us are aware of hearing assistance dogs and dogs that provide help for people with limited mobility but we are only just becoming aware of the fact that dogs provide help for those suffering from mental problems, thanks to media coverage of the U. S. Congress funded study conducted to understand how effective assistance dogs are for veterans of war suffering from PTSD.

People are today living longer due to the effectiveness of contemporary healthcare and higher nutritional standards but a major problem with the elderly is the decline of memory and cognitive ability associated with Alzheimer’s and other various forms of dementia. It is estimated that around 15% of people in the United States who are older than 65 will suffer some form of dementia with an additional 10% who will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease which amounts to around 5.5 million people.

There is no sudden onset in most forms of dementia and people can still have useful, functional, and somewhat independent lives in the beginning and middle stages of the disease if they have adequate assistance and support services in place, however, there are intermittent problems associated with the early stages of memory loss and diminishing cognitive abilities. Dementia sufferers can forget to take their medications or to eat. They get lost easily and cannot find their way home. These experiences leave them feeling frustrated, isolated, angry, and feeling helpless. They begin to feel they are a prisoner in their own home and depend completely on the assistance of others to allow them to go outside.
In the past few years, projects have been put into place to train dogs to assist people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Unlike guide dogs for the blind, these dogs do not work on a harness but on a six-foot leash in order to be in front of the person to actually lead them in the correct direction. When the order “Home” is given, the dementia assistance dog’s main task is to get his charge home. If the patient forgets to give the home order or wanders far from the house and into unfamiliar areas, caretakers can activate an electronic GPS navigation device installed on the dog’s collar which, not only locates the missing pair, but emits a recognizable tone which the dog interprets as an alternative command to lead his patient home. If for some reason the patient is not able to accompany the dog home, the dog is trained to stay with him and start barking to call attention to the situation. Should the patient wander from the house without his assistance dog, the dog is trained to track him by scent.

Because dogs love predictability and routine, this forms the base of training for dementia assistant dogs. They are trained to assist their charge through the day, to respond to other sound triggers in the home and to trip an alarm in the house should the patient fall and not get up within a reasonable period of time or if they hear a choking sound. But just as important, these therapy dogs offer companionship and friendship for their owner. They help to maintain a meaningful daily routine which adds quality of life and by walking their dog daily, they promote exercise and encourage social interaction between their patient and other people. These positive social interactions reduce loneliness and isolation in the dementia patient. Being out and about with their dog provides the patient with a sense of independence reducing feelings of helplessness and dependency which can led to depression which Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers often encounter.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge Sanctuary

GREEN PETS AMERICA CHARITIES

ATLANTA, GA.

SINCE 2007

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Rainbow Bridge Sanctuary encompasses:

Agility Park & Sports Arena with seating for regional animal events

Adoption store with adoption areas for local shelters and rescue groups to bring their pets for adoption.

Green adoption building for 50 rescue animals available for adoption.

Eco green designed dog themed restaurant.

State of the art full service veterinary facility for public animal wellness exams.

World class training center

Pet shots clinic.

Spay & neuter facility for the public & rescue groups

Full service pet grooming salon

Pet Store selling pet food, pet clothes, pet treats etc.

Eco Green dog park, multiple walking trails, and lots of open and wooded spaces for events, fairs and other outdoor animal focus activities.

Community meeting facility for animal events and educational seminars.

People & Pets park with whimsical animal art.

Pet Hotel.

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Think Disney for Pets

Green Pets America Charities [GPAcharities.us] is an animal welfare organization whose mission is to celebrate the human & animal bond. Scheduled for 2015 we will build America’s first pet community center It will be an animal celebration community.Think Disney for pets. The Community on 20 acres will include.

  1. Events Stadium for indoor and outdoor events.
  2. Pet store selling pet food, pet clothes, pet treats etc.
  3. A store/center for dog training and people animal training.
  4. An adoption store with adoption areas for local shelters and rescue groups to bring their pets for adoption.
  5. Green adoption building for 50 rescue animals available for adoption.
  6. An eco green designed dog themed restaurant.
  7. A state of the art full service veterinary facility for public animal wellness exams.
  8. A pet shots only clinic.
  9. A spay & neuter facility for the public & rescue groups
  10. A full service pet grooming salon
  11. A self-service pet washing store
  12. Green dog park, multiple walking trails, and lots of open and wooded spaces for events, fairs and other outdoor animal focus activities.
  13. Community meeting facility for animal events and educational seminars.
  14. A Large animal themed people park with whimsical animal art.
  15. A pet boarding hotel.

The corner-stone to changing our animal care system in America will be the creation of these regional centers that animal lovers will go to adopt, celebrate with indoor & outdoor animal events, care for animals and shop and mingle with one another.

There are numerous places for people to come together to participate in activities they enjoy. For example our county has two aquatic centers for swimmers, a beautiful regional bike trail park for bikers, two YMCA centers, a senior center,two very small 1 acre dog fence parks. There are other facilities based on interest for the community as well. But although over 65 % of the public are animal owners there is really no large significant place for animal lovers to come together for activities and education. We will change that…think Disneyland for animal lovers and their family pets.Main Street shops 010411-L

  • Our first Pets America Community will be built on 20 acres of beautiful open green spaces with multiple green designed buildings and indoor/outdoor stadium in North Georgia, named Pets America Georgia. Picture a fun and beautiful one stop place for all things pets. The 30 acres would be a place for animal and human interaction and physical activities such as dog shows, dog agility events, pet merchandise store selling pet food, pet clothes, pet treats etc. A building for dog training, people animal training, animal welfare education. An adoption store with adoption areas for local shelters and rescue groups to bring their pets for adoption. A food concession stand. A veterinary facility for public animal wellness exams, annual shots and exams. A spay & neuter facility. A green dog park, walking trails and lots of open and wooded spaces for events, fairs and other outdoor animal focus activities. Picture a Disneyland for animals and animal lovers to come together and spend the day together as a community.

Green Pets America Charities was founded in 2006. Our mission is to celebrate the human and animal bond. We are an IRS Certified 501c3 nonprofit. We have been awarded the Gold Star seal for transparency and trust from Guide Star, America’s highest non-profit rating agency. Additionally Green Pets America received the humanitarian recognition from the State of Georgia Senate for serving Georgia’s families and animals.

UPDATE: 2-07-14. Committee meeting. Next step is finish business plan via additional research. Agreed that preliminary location demographics for population and income indicate Pets America of Georgia will be located north on Georgia 400 just outside Atlanta in Dawson County.

UPDATE: 2-13 -14: National Developer Identified

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30 Things You Can Do To Save 4 million Companion Animals

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Every day, more than 11,000 animals are killed in America’s shelters simply

because they don’t have a safe place to call home. But this doesn’t have to

happen.

Here are 30 things you can do to get more animals adopted.

1. Adopt your next pet rather than buying one online or from a pet store

supplied by puppy mills.

2. Spay or neuter your pets.

3. Volunteer at your local shelter or rescue group.

4. Donate to your local rescue group..

5. Tell others about the lifesaving impact of adoption and spay/neuter.

6. Hold a garage sale and give the profits to your local shelter.

7. Share Facebook posts about adoptable animals.

8. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper focused on making your

community no-kill.

9. Tweet about adoption events and spay/neuter promotions with the

hashtag #SaveThemAll.

10. Advocate for lifesaving legislation in your community and nationwide by

joining Voices for No More Homeless Pets at bestfriends.org/yourvoice.

11. Share success stories about rescued animals and rescue groups in your community

12. Participate in a trap/neuter/return program for community cats.

13. Manage a community cat colony.

14. Donate food, toys and other supplies to your local animal shelter or

rescue group.

15. Volunteer to play with and socialize the animals at your local shelter.

16. Walk a dog from your local shelter, with the pet wearing an “Adopt Me”

bandana.

17. Shop at your local shelter’s thrift shop or gift store.

18. Help your local shelter redesign its website or develop new promotions.

19. Get local business owners and clubs to take on a project to help a local

shelter.

20. Collect cans and bottles for a rebate and donate the proceeds to your

local shelter or rescue group.

21. Offer rides to pets going from an animal shelter or rescue group to their

new, happy homes.

22. Foster an adoptable pet.

23. Photograph adoptable pets for your local shelter or rescue group to

promote via social media.

24. Participate in annual local rescue fundraisers..

25. Promote adoption events among your colleagues and friends.

26. Learn about the animal welfare challenges in your community, and

educate others about lifesaving solutions.

27. Fight breed discrimination by advocating for better legislation.

28. Change misperceptions about rescued animals and specific breeds by

spreading the idea that every animal is an individual worth saving.

29. Lobby your local government for fair funding of your community’s

municipal animal shelter.

30. Join Green Pets America.com as a foster parent or volunteer.

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