Bideawee Pet Therapy & Reading to Dogs Program
New York City,NY
Bideawee’s pet therapy program includes more than 200 volunteers and their dogs that visit a variety of facilities throughout New York City and Long Island. They serve populations at various health care, nursing, and education facilities including nursing homes, hospitals, domestic violence shelters, rehabilitation centers, mental health and psychiatric centers, homes for disabled individuals, libraries, and schools from elementary to college. In 2013, volunteers performed 1,683 hours of service with 41 active volunteers per month. The PDF grant will cover the cost of training and managing new pet therapy teams, leading to 1,850 total hours of service (a 10% increase), adding 60 new active volunteers (50% more than last year), and a boost in monthly volunteer hours per individual by 50% over last year.