Entries by Marie Gilmore

From pandemic to wildfires, Bay Area therapy dogs support first responders on the frontlines

When Heidi Carman arrived at the Moscone Center in March, she didn’t bring proof of her eligibility to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Instead, she brought her 3-year-old, wispy-coated golden retriever named Kerith. The pair arrived at the thrumming epicenter of The City’s COVID operation to support the exhausted ranks of health-care workers and city employees. […]

Veterans Can Train And Adopt Service Dogs Under A New Law Signed By Biden

A new program through the Department of Veterans Affairs aims to connect service dogs in training with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder. The effort was years in the making and became a reality when President Biden signed the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act into law on Wednesday during a ceremony attended by a bipartisan […]

Biden signs U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act into law

Veterans could have greater access to therapy dogs and service dogs now, thanks to the passage of U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act. President Joe Biden signed the bill into law Wednesday, three weeks after the Michigan representative’s bill passed in the U.S. Senate. The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers for Veterans Therapy Act requires […]

Dogs with Therapy Partners comfort people with hope and cheer

MADISON – Dogs with Therapy Partners Inc. profoundly affect people that they meet. Their comforting outcome may be hard to explain yet undeniable to a lonely child or an adult in pain. Executive Director Lyndsay Coats was introduced to Therapy Partners circa 2006 when she and her family attended a Buddy Walk for individuals with […]

Science-approved reasons why having a pet is good for you

We’ve all seen the bumper stickers, with a black-and-white pawprint, asking the age-old question, “Who rescued who?” We usually laugh them off, but what if they’re onto something? While it’s well known that animals can offer emotional support as well as service (when properly trained), there might be more to it. Recently, researchers have been […]

Pets, Pets, Pets

A therapy animal can provide comfort and affection to a person who has a disability or serious illness. While most therapy pets are dogs, recent studies suggest cats may help increase empathy while decreasing anxiety for children with autism. 2021 Study: Cats help calm children with autism, according to new research from the University of Missouri. […]

Addressing Stress and Anxiety Treatment Through Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is becoming increasingly popular in medicine. This sort of treatment aids patients in recovering from a variety of health issues. Animal-assisted therapy is another popular name for it. An organized contact between a human and an animal is created in this type of treatment. The handlers are also involved in the engagement. Typically, the […]