Community Service : Animal-Assisted Therapy
We at BonaFide Dog Academy recognize our personal and corporate responsibility to the
community to aid other efforts to protect and preserve the bond between people and animals. We own Delta
Society-registered therapy animals and volunteer in a number of community programs in the Omaha Metro area.
We also help others become registered to volunteer with their pets. Delta Society training programs are offered three
to four times per year.
MAY 2010 UPDATE: Delta Society has just released a new policy for all Pet Partners teams, effective 30 June 2010, which regulates the types of food and treat items that can be fed to Pet Partners. This regulation conflicts with the feeding regimes followed by many well-informed, responsible pet owners, including Delta Pet Partner handlers across the country.
We at BonaFide believe strongly in the right of every pet owner to decide what is best to feed his/her pet and to seek and follow the professional advice of his/her veterinarian regarding any questions about diets. Regretfully, as a result of Delta's new policy, BonaFide will no longer offer Delta Pet Partners handler training workshops for new teams or evaluations for new Delta Society Pet Partner teams. We will continue to support our current Pet Partner teams who choose to remain registered with Delta until their current registration expires. We are also exploring other therapy organizations so that we may continue to serve the community with our therapy teams.
The Hope Center
Travel just north of our ever-expanding metropolitan Omaha and you will find a community
where children fear the streets. Poverty, gang activity and drug dealings plague our inner-city. Seemingly
forgotten and uncared for, many of our inner-city youth and children live in a life condition of
"hopelessness." Broken families, broken windows and broken promises are but a few of the generational
cycles experienced by most of our inner-city's youngest.
Phoenix Academy of Learning
The Phoenix Academy is an independent, nonprofit, private school for all children, including those who experience difficulty learning to read, write and spell our English language. Many of the students were previously thought to have a learning disability. The goal of Phoenix Academy of Learning is to teach students to read, write and spell the English language and then return them to a regular classroom in the public school system. Our therapy teams volunteer their time at the Phoenix Academy through the READ (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program. For more information about the Phoenix Academy, click here.
OPS Title I Bright Minds Program
Every summer, a BonaFide therapy team visits summer school sessions and various children's clubs to give talks about dog safety, as well as to promote reading.
Community Service : Special Training Opportunities
In the fall of 2009, BonaFide is launching a special training program with the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF). "PAWSitive Outcomes" is now a joint project between BonaFide Dog Academy, Midwest Dog Rescue Network, and NCYF. The program provides opportunities for inmates to care for and train dogs that can be adopted out to their forever homes. Teams work towards the goal of the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award with each dog, a measure of good basic obedience around other dogs and people. Dogs are provided by Midwest Dog Rescue Network (MDRN), a metro-area rescue group that cares for all sizes and breeds of dogs. For more info on MDRN, click here.
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