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Course Teaches Pets, Owners to Work With People With Disabilities
11/16/2004

FORT MYERS, FL - The Center for Positive Aging at Florida Gulf Coast University offers a Delta Society Pet Partners course 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at Poinciana Elementary School, 2825 Airport Rd. South in Naples for pet owners who would like to help others in Southwest Florida.

A second Pet Partners course is offered Saturday, Dec. 11 at Sallie Jones Elementary School, 1230 Narranja St. in Punta Gorda.

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.

The cost of the course is $50 per person and $75 for two family members, and includes a Pet Partners manual, registration materials and a team evaluation. The cost for students and individuals more than the age of 65 is $40. Pet owners should not bring animals to the course. The minimum age to participate is 10.

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.

Director of the Center for Positive Aging Linda L. Buettner conducts the course and evaluations. Buettner is a licensed Delta Society trainer.

Visit the Center for Positive Aging web site at www.fgcu.edu/cfpa, or visit the Delta Society web site at www.deltasociety.org.

For more information, to request a scholarship if unable to pay, or to ask questions, contact the Center for Positive Aging at (941) 883-2425 or lbuettne@fgcu.edu .


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