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Connecticut nursing and rehabilitation center institutes pet therapy program

Posted Jan 14 2009 5:12pm

Southington Care Center in Southington, CT is formalizing a pet therapy program that they say decreased pain, increased socialization and increased appetite in their patients last year. According to a Record-Journal article,

To get the program going, the Jane Haze Memorial Pet Therapy Fund was set up to help with the costs. The fund was set up by friends and relatives to honor Jane Haze, an animal lover and nurse of nearly 50 years, who died last December. She drowned while trying to rescue her golden retriever from the Farmington River, where it had fallen through thin ice.

Southington Care Center is offering training classes for dogs to become certified pet therapy animals. The classes cost $90 each, but if the dogs become certified and owners agree to bring their pets in twice a month for six months, the costs will be reimbursed.

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