If you’ve ever thought about making a difference as a part of a therapy dog team to help others, we’ve got a great story for you!
One of our partners, a young girl, was featured in The Sentinalnewspaper of Pennsylvania, with an article that was titled “5 Questions: Mechanicsburg girl collecting shoes to earn a dog.” It’s the story of 12-year-old, Emily, who has a dream to make a positive difference in the lives of people in need with her therapy dog.
She has the vision to become part of a certified dog team by the time she’s 16-years-old so she could help others.
There’s a demand for therapy animals because there are countless people right now who are in need of a specially trained animal, such as military veterans or people who have a medical necessity. The research has proven that therapy animals have positive emotional and physical effects on people when animals are appropriately trained to be of assistance.
Everyday Shoes With Heart, a member of the Funds2Orgs shoe drive fundraising brands, partners with families and groups in need of creative fundraising solutions. We’re proud of the fact that we’ve partnered with many partners seeking to raise funds for service animals, or in the case of Emily, the adoption, and training of a therapy dog.
Emily decided to launch a fundraiser that will take her through 2019, at which point she will start working to become a certified trainer by the time she’s 16-years-old. Emily is an intelligent and visionary young child who created the “Four Paws and Two Feet campaign,” which was her idea to demonstrate the tie between therapy dogs and their junior handlers.
According to the article, the therapy dog team may someday be able to work in a hospital setting working with people in a stressful environment to help them calm themselves of any anxiety.Emily will also be able to work at schools or a library to help students with their reading and learning. Finally, other dog therapy opportunities exist with people who are experiencing a tragedy or life-changing circumstance, such as death, violence, etc.
In the article, Emily explained why she became passionate about becoming a partner with a therapy dog to help others.
First, I love dogs and I want other people to experience what it feels like when I spend time with my dogs. When I touch a dog, I can literally feel relief flood through me. Sometimes I say that I even feel like Jell-O. Second, I tend to be shy, but still want to make a difference in my community. Being a therapy dog team will help me do that in two ways. First, the center of attention will not be on me, but on my dog. That will help me feel more comfortable in that situation. Second, if I get nervous, I can just reach down and touch my dog. My dog will not only help others, but also help me.
With the parent company of Shoes With Heart, which is Funds2Orgs, Emily was able to raise more than $1,000 toward her $4,000 goal by collecting gently worn, used and new shoes.However, Emily and her family have multiple fundraisers happening, including having set up a GoFundMe page.
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