Thank You Bonner Center!

Bonner Center

A huge thank you to Oberlin College’s Bonner Center for inviting Healing Companions, Inc. to participate in the Volunteer Fair on 9/6/18.

We had a truly amazing time with over twenty-five folks signing up to volunteer with us. We also want to thank Oberlin Northwest bank for donating free water bottles, frisbees, key chains, shirts and goodie bags.  Ahava, Jane’s golden retriever and co-therapist attracted crowds to our table and provided an afternoon of pets, cuddles and love showered upon them. We are so grateful to the Bonner Center and everyone that stopped by to learn all about Healing Companions and wanting to join us and spread the word through their social networks.

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Cyndi Meets Her PSD Sage

 

PSD Sage meets Cyndi

PSD Sage and her new mom Cyndi

Welcome Sage in joining Cyndi’s family to be trained to be Cyndi’s Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD). We are so grateful to Jennifer Mauger who helped place Sage with us. Her owner felt she would be an amazing service dog so she decided to rehome her so she could share her desire to be trained as a service dog. We are so honored to have Sage join Cyndi on her journey forward.  Thanks everyone that helped make this happen!

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Welcome to our new board member Emma Benner

Emma BennerEmma Benner is a student-athlete at Purdue University on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. She has been very involved in the special needs community as a coach for Special Olympics Minnesota, volunteer with Challenged Athletes Foundation, and a volunteer with River Valley Riders Therapeutic Riding. She has had a lifelong love for dogs as a happy owner of many rescue dogs. Emma has volunteered with various humane societies and has loved helping find shelter dogs a loving and forever home. She says cannot wait to help grow and develop the Healing Companions organization.

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Jane Miller Guest on Positive Pets with MJ

Melissa talks with Jane Miller, about the Healing Companions program.  Jane discussed the many aspects of PSDs and the therapeutic value of the experience for both dog and handler.

They also discussed the prison training program that offers prisoners the opportunity to learn dog training skills they can use to get jobs once they have left prison.

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