Recently, CAC was at JetBlue Stadium for the opening game of Red Sox spring training. Thank you to our Beesley's Paw Prints Pet Therapy Program team volunteers who spent the day with us (L-R): Gary Gambrell and Samson; Patty Gustason and Josephine; Kim Corby and Fansee, CAC's Lisa Talcott and Gunner; Lori Shores and Cole. It was an amazing day of engagement with the public. This is what the program is all about!
Late December, we had a surprise for the children in our Pine Manor After School Program.
Misty the miniature horse came for a visit! A big thank you to Lark Campisano from Endless
Trails Stables in N. Ft. Myers for providing such a fun afternoon for all of us.
In December, we also held our annual holiday party for the volunteers in our Beesley's Paw Prints Pet Therapy program. Additional guests of honor were Carol Beesley and Cliff Smith, Hannah Pelle and Madison Mitchell from United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties, all of whom make this program possible for CAC. And a shout out to CAC’s Lisa Talcott for running the program. Thank you everyone!
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When a child is required to go to court, that’s scary enough, but to go to court and testify against the abuser; well you can only imagine. The therapy dogs and their handlers, the lifeblood of our Beesley's Paw Prints Pet Therapy program here at the Children’s Advocacy Center, are able to help with the stress in our own special way.
Fansee, an English Cream Golden Retriever therapy dog owned by Kim Corby, waits patiently outside the courtroom doors, secure in the knowledge that the child she needs to help is testifying just on the other side. When the child emerges, Fansee’s tail wags with glee as she is simultaneously enveloped by the arms of a child in need.
Our courtroom dog program, which began in 2016, took a big step this year with the help of judges and state attorneys. CAC’s volunteer therapy dogs are now allowed to be outside of the courtroom with children who are waiting to testify in the criminal side of their case. Our volunteer pet teams are in the Family Court area as well.
Also last month, one of our pet therapy volunteers, Ellen Ferguson, brought her rescue horse, Reno, to the Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry, & Glades Counties, to interact with the clients who meet there as part of a FL Dept. of Corrections transition program. For many it was the first time "up close & personal" with a horse--feeding, brushing and walking Reno. Thank you Ellen and Reno!
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