Any pet owner can relate to the following scene: You’ve had a stressful day. Everything seems to be going wrong. You’re moody and tense and you just want to be left alone. You come home and open the front door and despite all the stress and frustrations of the day, your mood immediately brightens upon seeing your dog. He runs up to you, wagging his tail, panting with a happy grin. He does not care that you missed your deadline at work, or that you got into an argument with your best friend, or that you blew your tire on the way home. He’s just happy to see you, and his unconditional love melts away the stress of the day as you rub his favorite spot behind his ears and watch him cuddle up to you gratefully in response.
As the post-holiday sales wrap-up, and retailers pack away their holiday decorations for the year, it seems that the holiday gifts, food and decorations are immediately replaced with red heart-shaped boxes, pink stuffed teddy bears and images of cupid with his signature bow and arrow. For women, there is a more important reason to think about their hearts in the month in February, aside from the sentimental, candy-laden Valentine’s Holiday.
November 24, 2011
SFI was in the news recently with a piece that focused on pet visits to SUNY Oswego! Read the full story.
June 27, 2011
The American Kennel Club recently launched a new program to recognize AKC dogs and their owners who volunteer as therapy dog teams by awarding an official AKC Therapy Dog Title. From the AKC’s website:
“The AKC Therapy Dog title (THD) can be earned by dogs who have been certified by AKC recognized therapy dog organizations and have performed 50 or more community visits.”
Sunshine Friends, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are one of the AKC’s recognized therapy dog organizations. To learn more about the program requirements please visit:
March 8, 2009
2009 marks a major milestone for Sunshine Friends: 10 years of incorporation! We are very pleased to be continuing our work to uphold the mission we were incorporated under a decade ago. Founded by 3 dedicated volunteers, SFI started its first year with 10 volunteers visiting 4 locations during a time when we had to work hard to convince facilities that it was a good idea to allow therapy pets in to visit with their residents. Now, in 2009 we have over 160 teams visiting more than 800 people every month throughout 5 counties. Our volunteers all know what a difference the human-animal bond can make in someone’s life but our remarkable growth over the past 10 years is tangible proof that the community as a whole has come to realize the benefits as well.