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Course Teaches Pets, Owners to Work With People With Disabilities
4/13/2006

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, May 6 in the Garden Room of The Inn at Cypress Cove in Fort Myers 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. Animal handlers without a pet are invited to become involved as well.

The cost of the course is $50 and includes a Pet Partners manual. For two family members sharing a book, the cost is $75. For students or participants older than 65, the cost is $40.

Pet owners should not bring animals to the course. The minimum age to participate is 10. Seating is limited. Lunch is available at Cypress Cove.

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. Buettner is a licensed Delta Society trainer.

Registration checks should be made payable to FGCU CFPA and mailed to FGCU CFPA, ATTN: Dr. Buettner, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.

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, contact the Center for Positive Aging at (941) 883-2425 or lbuettne@fgcu.edu .


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