August 31st, 2016 A few of the Animals Deserve Better| Paws for life dogs began their new school year helping out a sophomore at Walton High School. This particular student is also a senior Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award, (which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn). She needed to create a community service project that would address an issue in which she could display leadership. Her Gold Award project she chose addresses the issue of stress and anxiety among students and how dogs, can be used to relieve that stress.
Animals Deserve Better, Inc has participated in many high school projects and was delighted to be able to help this student with her project. Animals Deserve Better Inc has many therapy dogs who have been certified through Pet Partners and two of those handlers agreed to bring their dogs to the school to meet the students as part of the stress project. One of the service dogs actually belongs to a student at the high school.
Approval was obtained for the project by Walton High School and the hour long meeting was set for a web day. (WEB DAY=almost every Wednesday the school has half days so the students can spend the afternoon getting one on one help, at
tend clubs, etc.) The project advisors classroom was selected, permission slips handed out and dates selected. The reason for the visit was announced and Animals Deserve Better’s master trainer gave a brief overview of what the organization does and the difference between therapy dogs and service dogs.
A group of 25 students was anticipated to attend the hour long web, however, the desire to attend became so high the room was packed solid and had to be split into two groups and there is already a waiting list for next months visit. Now that’s Doggone Great!