Welcome to the Canines for Christ program at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church! We are delighted to share with you our mission of spreading love, comfort, and joy through the use of trained therapy dogs. In this article, we will give you an in-depth look into the Canines for Christ program and how it positively impacts our community.
What is Canines for Christ?
Canines for Christ is a community outreach program initiated by St Andrew’s Episcopal Church. As part of our commitment to enhancing the lives of others, we have trained a team of therapy dogs and dedicated handlers who visit hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities in our area.
The Impact of Canines for Christ
Through Canines for Christ, we aim to bring a sense of comfort and happiness to those who need it most. Research shows that therapy dogs can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and uplift the spirits of individuals facing challenging circumstances. Our dogs have been trained to provide emotional support, offer a listening ear, and bring a smile to the faces of those they encounter.
Our Therapy Dog Teams
At St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, we take great pride in our dedicated therapy dog teams. Our handlers undergo rigorous training to ensure the highest standards of therapy dog etiquette and behavior. Our dogs are carefully selected for their friendly and gentle nature, and they undergo specialized training to handle diverse environments and situations with ease.
The Training Process
Our therapy dog teams go through an extensive training process that includes obedience training, socialization, and specific therapy dog training. Under the guidance of experienced trainers, our handlers learn effective communication techniques and how to interpret their dog's behavior to provide the best possible support during visits.
Types of Visits
Our therapy dog teams make regular visits to hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, and other facilities where their presence can make a significant difference. They interact with patients, residents, students, and staff, spreading love, warmth, and comfort wherever they go.
Join Canines for Christ
If you have a friendly and well-behaved dog, and a passion for serving others, we invite you to consider becoming part of our Canines for Christ team. Together, we can make a positive impact on the lives of people in our community. Contact us today to learn more about our program and how you can get involved.
Canines for Christ at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church is dedicated to bringing the healing power of therapy dogs to those who need it most. Through our trained therapy dog teams, we aim to spread love, comfort, and joy to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, and various care facilities. Join us in making a difference and experiencing the incredible bond between humans and their beloved pets. Contact us now and be a part of Canines for Christ!