Canine Assisted Children’s Therapy Programs

 Canine Assisted Children’s Therapy Programs, growing across America.

As dog lovers, we understand how much of a difference a dog can make to someone in pain – both physically and emotionally. So we just love it when we see those in the healthcare industries who realize it too! Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Cente rrecently welcomed two facility dogs to the Division of Child Life and Integrative Care.

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The Division of Child Life and Integrative Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital works with inpatients and visiting patients to offer family-centered and holistic care. Child Life specialists are committed to promoting play and providing age-appropriate educational, developmental and psychological support. The golden retrievers, Drummer and Leica, provide physical and emotional support to patients as part of the Animal Assisted Therapy program.

Canine Assisted Children's Therapy Programs

Drummer and Leica are specially bred and trained to work as therapy dogs in a hospital setting. The hospital received the dogs from Canine Assistants, a nonprofit in Milton, GA, that breeds and trains service dogs and has worked with five other pediatric hospitals across the country.

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Unlike volunteer dogs that visit the medical center, the facility dogs will be at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital every day with their handlers in the Division of Child Life and Integrative Care and will have access to clinics and inpatient units.

“Drummer comes to work with me every single day. He stays with me throughout the day, and comes home with me at night. And when it’s time for him to retire, he’ll stay with me too,” said Ashley Fiffick, Josh Cares child life specialist, Child Life and Integrative Care.

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In the short time Drummer and Leica have been at the hospital, they have already made significant impacts on patients.

“She was out of it, not happy, and in a lot of pain,” said Leanne Biondo of her daughter Gia, who was an inpatient for five months. “A few minutes later, Drummer came in and her eyes lit up when he jumped on the bed. Suddenly, that pain was forgotten about. Gia is like a whole new person when Drummer walks in.”


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Gia and Drummer

The dogs can physically interact with patients to provide comfort and love in ways that medical caregivers and therapists cannot. Research shows that dog assisted therapy can lower stress and anxiety levels, affect blood pressure, increase patient mobility, and provide an alternative focus from pain.

Watch their full video below to learn more about Dummer and Leica and this amazing program:

“My vision is that this is the beginning,” said Sharon McLeod, senior clinical director, Child Life and Integrative Care. “Our dream is that it will grow and we will have more members of our hospital staff that will have beautiful, wagging tails.”

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Why Do We have 8 Million Homeless Pets in America?

People often ask me why do we have 8 million homeless pets in America.

I’ve been involved in animal welfare and rescue since 2004. I felt the calling and followed it after surviving a terminal illness. A dying and rebirth process that changed my life forever.

With a new lease on life I felt compelled to help others. The others I chose were animals, in particular death row shelter dogs. Actually dog rescue was not a cause I chose, it chose me. For before my life change I was a hard charging corporate executive with Fortune 500 companies. I loved animals, and always had dogs but never thought it would turn into a calling.

Life seems to have its own agenda however and we must be ever alert for the correct path to walk to find our calling – and a life of deeper meaning. I didn’t question or argue with it, I just started doing it. I always loved dogs and that was good enough for me. And that’s how my journey to save 8 million dogs…and cats started.

Soon into the journey however I started to ask myself some hard to answer questions. Like, why are we killing these healthy, beautiful homeless animals? Why when we love our family pets so much do we dispose of them and destroy them.  I kept asking others and myself questions such as, why do they have to die? Why do we as a society allow this to happen? Can’t we see the needless tragedy of it all? Why when we seem to be as smart and affluent as a country can’t we solve this problem?

I finally came to find my answers about five years ago. The answers all revolved around one thing.

Disposing, discarding and destroying family pets is basically a mirror reflection of our American society.

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Our disposal of our pets is no different than anything else in our current disposable society. This is not an indictment, but simply a fact. Today we all live in a disposable society. We acquire something and if we tire of it we get a new something. Don’t like your perfectly good cell phone? Turn it in and get another shinier one. Don’t like your marriage?  No problem, dispose of your spouse and get a new one. Not feeling happy?  Don’t look inside and examine your thinking, just get some drugs and your pain and unhappiness will all go away. Tired of this or tired of that?  No problems dispose of it and get a new this or that.

But there is a steep cost to our souls, our health our stability and our lives to living in a disposable society. We have skyrocketing divorce rates. We have skyrocketing consumer debt. Our disposed of kids are lost emotionally, taking drugs to mask the pain and are dying of heroin overdoses at alarming rates.

And as to our family pets? Well when we tire of them, or they become a bit of a problem? No problem, we just emotionally detach ourselves from then and dispose of them as well. We take them to the shelter; dump them off there and wham our problem is solved. We turn them into a community shelter and let the government handle our personal problem.  Well they handle it all right. They dispose of the problem. We know the facts. We know that when we turn a family pet over to the shelter the odds are at best 50/50 that in 5 days the shelter will destroy and then dispose of your problem for you. And in some cases; at ultra-high kill shelters the statistics are 90 %, will destroyed and discarded in just a few days’ time.

America, we have to wake up and realize that the only way we can solve our homeless pet issue is to see it for what it really is. 8 Million homeless pets in America is a reflection of our disposable society. We talk about the future and ignore the present. We only want the future and do not respect, or learn from the past. We tire of what we have, always wanting something new. In rescue I see it every day. There is a belief that homeless animals are too big of a problem to solve. Too many believe euthanizing 4 million of them is the only solution. They are not open to implementing proven alternatives to the problem. We seem to have no will to solve our problems any longer. We seem to prefer to argue and ignore social issues. We put forth no effort to tackle hard issues and offer balanced solutions.

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I have become so exasperated that I wrote a book with the 20 best solutions to end the believed need to euthanize homeless animals in America. The book is not about kill shelters versus no kill. It is not about blame for the people who relinquish their pets or the shelters who must deal with what has occurred. It’s about a better way, an intelligent and humane way to care for our beloved homeless animals. And a better way to operate animal shelters. Changing the focus of shelters from a place that disposes of homeless animals to a community center that adopts its community’s homeless animals…. all of them…not just half of them.

Our current system of saving homeless animals is terribly dysfunctional and broken. We are dealing with a system we have inherited. We as a society are dealing with this system we do not like and only we working together as a society can we reinvent and create a new system of animal welfare that we will like.

Can we change society? Well eventually all societies change. For the better, or for the worse, but all societies change. I am optimistic. I really believe that our country is awakening to our disposable mindset and is moving towards change.

Believing that society is shifting – and linking that positive shift to animal welfare is why we started our non-profit Green Pets America. We believe that shortly we will become a greener recyclable society that values all life. We believe it is not too late to awaken and become a better society that goes from discarding and destroying our family pets to recycling them by “rescuing renewing and rehoming” That is our mantra, our tag line and therefore the name of our book.

Rescue Renew Rehome offers pragmatic solutions. Solutions that when fully embraced by a country that loves its companion animals will finally end the needless disposal of 8 million pets yearly, and the needless euthanization and destroying of 4 million annually in our shelters.

This book is divided into four primary sections. In section one we share the stories of the powerful emotional bond we have with our animals. Each Chapter written by a guest author. You will love the inspiring story of Shiva the therapy dog who consoled the survivors after 911 at the Pentagon. And the story of Ruby and of Sweet Pea lovable pets that were rescued rehomed and reloved. In this section we share with you what you already know in your heart. Our companion animals are here to teach us how to live – and how to love one another; not superficial love but deep, spiritual, unconditional love. Our companion animals offer unconditional love to a society that deeply needs it today.

In section two start to get into practical solutions to adopt our homeless animals. We start visioning what the modern American animal shelter will look like. We call them “Green Shelters”. For they are just that, Recycle, Renew, Rehoming Shelters. Shelters will soon change from – disposal centers – to adoption centers. And with our 20 Step Guide we show you exactly how animal shelters and rescue groups will rehome all 8 million of our homeless animals each year.

And as our society becomes less of a disposable society, recognizes the connection of animals and nature to our own very survival, the number of pets discarded yearly will decrease.

In section three we talk about a fairly new marketing concept; especially to animal welfare called “Cause Marketing”. Our animal shelters by embracing modern marketing strategies, particularly “Cause Marketing” and reaching out to the generosity of Americans will find the money they need to reinvent the American animal shelter and create Green Shelters across America. Think “Ice Bucket Challenge” and “Breast Cancer Walks”

And finally in the fourth section we share statistics on the pet industry in America. Americans we love our pets. And we spend lavishly to care for them. The pet industry is a gigantic $58-Billion-dollar industry in America. To end the homeless animal issue in America the pet industry must become a major contributor of resources, time and talent to the solution. The American pet industry has both the money and the motivation to become part of America’s homeless pet challenge. I believe the pet industry is recognizing its connection and responsibility to being part of the solution.

We hope you will join the millions of Americans who are part of the solution to ending the disposable of pets in America. We hope you will purchase this book of solutions and purchase an extra copy for your local animal shelter as well. Help them learn the 20 ways to solve this problem in America and help them adopt all their cats and dogs into loving homes in your community.

We hope you become part of the solution. Volunteer at your shelter or rescue group and help them Rescue Renew and Rehome Americas loving companion animals.

Rescuing dogs saved my life. Rescue a dog and you will find that your heart will be rescued and saved as well.

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Mercy Animals

2016 is designated as the Year of Mercy for humans and animals.


This is the year to show your mercy to those in need of love and a helping hand.

There are people and animals in need of your mercy, caring, help and love right now.

Green Pets America through our program, the Companion Animals Right to Life Act – C.A.R.L.A. is dedicated to bringing mercy, love and LIFE to the homeless companion animals in our communities.

The pets that once were part of a home, but for one reason or another were unmercifully abandoned to roam the streets, heartbroken, confused and in search of a new family.

Our companion animals have no way to care for themselves. They have been domesticated and they no longer know how to live on their own.


Green Pets America has been a steady voice for mercy to our companion animals since 2005.

We are an IRS approved non-profit since 2005 and have the highest …Gold Star rating of GuideStar Charity ratings.

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Open your heart – show mercy to our homeless and shelter companion animals with a generous donation today to support the Companion Animal Right to Life Act – C.A.R.L.A.

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Shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday and Help Homeless Pets

When you shop this black Friday or Cyber Monday you can save money and homeless pets.

Since Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the busiest shopping days of the year, this is a great opportunity for you to not only save some big money… but save homeless pets as well.

Please click this link to Amazon and Amazon will donate to Green Pets America and our shelter rescue program Black Dog

And please make Green Pets America your Amazon Smile charity for all purchases in 2016.

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Do You Run Your Animal Shelter as a Leader or Manager?

There are two styles of running a business. Leadership style or Manager style.

Which one do you use?

The Leadership style animal shelter or rescue group Director “Leader” perspective starts with a picture of a well-defined future, and then comes back to the present with the intention of changing it to match the future vision.

The Animal Shelter or Rescue Organization Director “Manager” perspective starts with the present, and then looks forward to an uncertain future with the hope of keeping it much like the present.

Which perspective do you use?

We advise our clients to take the Leadership perspective. The outcome for your community will be much better, you will adopt out more animals and you will enjoy your role as a Director so much better.

Green Pets America provides marketing and leadership Consulting Services Over 12 years actively involved in animal welfare, advocacy, rescue and adoption. Recognized by the State of Georgia for service to animals.

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