Intermountain Therapy Animals Print


Havelock Cherry point Rotary Club donated $350.00 to Intermountain Therapy Animals.

Intermountain Therapy Animals is a non-profit organization bringing animal resources to human needs. The organizartion specializes in providing animal-assisted therapy in the areas of physical, occupational, speech and psychotherapies, as well as special education. Their mission is "enhancing quality of life through the human-animal bond". Their motto is "Pets Helping People".

The ITA volunteer program provides carefully screened therapy animals and handlers who work with human service and health care professionals to serve those in need. They work with children and adults who are physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled, as well as others who can benefit from the unique qualities that interaction with an animal can provide.

Specifically, the Havelock Cherry point Rotary Club supported Intermountain Therapy Animals' Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program.  The R.E.A.D. program  improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals  who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children.

Today, hundreds of registered R.E.A.D. teams work throughout the United States and Canada. R.E.A.D. is one of those ideas that, in the words of Bill Moyers, “pierces the mundane to arrive at the marvelous.”

Intermountain Therapy Animals, a nonprofit organization, launched R.E.A.D. in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of reading to dogs, and the program has been spreading rapidly and happily ever since!





A 'Paw'-Sitive Impact Print
By Dominic Brown
April 5, 2011

CRAVEN COUNTY -- Several students in the East are improving their reading and social skills, all with a little help from a four-legged friend.Honey, a 4-year-old cocker spaniel, is a certified therapy and Reading Education Assistance Dog, or R.E.A.D. for short.Every other Monday at the Havelock Public Library, students read books to Honey for about 15 minutes each as she listens quietly next to them in order to help build their confidence, self-esteem and above all, help them become better readers."Dogs love unconditionally. They don't have any problems with telling a child that they're not reading right or something like that. There's no peer pressure from them," said Elizabeth McDowell, who cares for Honey. McDowell is also co-owner of McDowell Floor to Ceiling in Havelock.Students also read to Honey at the Annunciation Catholic School in Havelock every week on Thursdays. She's visited hospitals and several nursing homes in the area as well.The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors.



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