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Course Teaches Pets, Owners to Work With People With Disabilities

FORT MYERS, FL - The Southwest Florida Center for Positive Aging at Florida Gulf Coast University is offering two Delta Society Pet Partners Courses from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, and Saturday, Oct. 11 at FGCU, for pet owners who would like to help others in Southwest Florida.

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 $75 and includes a Pet Partners manual, registration materials and a team evaluation. Pet owners should not bring animals to the course.

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

Prospective participants may register by calling (239) 590-7852.

For more information about the course, contact Buettner at (239) 590-7497 or .

Visit the Center for Positive Aging web site at, or visit the Delta Society web site at

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