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Pets Can Be Trained to Work With Persons With Disabilities Through Florida Gulf Coast University Program

FORT MYERS, FL - The Southwest Florida Center for Positive Aging at Florida Gulf Coast University is offering a Delta Society Pet Partners Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 8 in Griffin Hall Room 215, for pet owners who would like to help others in Southwest Florida. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Pet owners receive training, and later pass an evaluation with their pets, to become a Delta Society Certified Pet Partners team. As volunteer team, the owner and pet visit hospitalized children, ill or lonely adults, and work with people in rehabilitation. Locally, the teams become part of the Gulf Coast Pet Partners network.

Established in 1990, over 4,000 Pet Partners teams now operate in 45 states and four countries, helping more than 350,000 people each year. Delta Society is the leading international resource for the human-animal bond and has been the force to validate the important role of animals for people’s health and well-being by promoting the results of research to the media and health and human services organizations.

The cost of the course is $50 and includes a Pet Partners manual and registration materials. Nurses and therapists may apply for .8 Continuing Education Unit credits for $10 more. Registration does not include lunch but food will be available at the FGCU Eagle Café or participants may bring their own. Pet owners should not bring animals to the course.

Director of the Center for Positive Aging at FGCU, Linda L. Buettner, is a licensed Delta Society trainer and will conduct the course and evaluations.

For registration, contact Kathleen Casey at (941) 590-7852 or

For more information about the course, contact Buettner at (941) 590-7497 or, the Center web site at, or visit the Delta Society web site at

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