​Open to Anyone Interested in Volunteering with Their Dog, Cat, or Rabbit


Rabbits can be HABIT volunteers, too

Animal volunteers can include dogs, cats and rabbits as long as they are accompanied by a human companion. Photo courtesy HABIT. Download image.



UPDATE (1/21/2016): MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER WEATHER. A new meeting date will be scheduled soon. 
Persons interested in participating in a rescheduled meeting should call the HABIT office (865-974-5633) or email Ruth Sapp at habit-et@utk.edu.



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A free informational meeting for those interested in becoming volunteers with Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), an animal-assisted therapy program, will be held at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 for registration.
 
HABIT is a non-profit group of volunteers working together to promote the bond between people and animals. As a program of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, HABIT sponsors animal-assisted therapy programs for all ages in a variety of settings such as nursing and retirement homes, assisted living centers, hospitals, physical rehabilitation centers and area schools. The program has expanded into the Chattanooga area.
 
The volunteer orientation/informational meeting will take place in room 140, Massoud Building at 975 East 3rd Street, Chattanooga. Park in the Erlanger parking garage; enter the Children’s Hospital entrance located on the first level of the garage. Walk down the brightly colored hallway into the Children’s Hospital lobby.
 
For liability purposes, attendance at an informational meeting is required before a person can become a HABIT volunteer. Attendance does not imply any obligations. Please do not bring any pets to this meeting.
 
This meeting is open to anyone with a general interest in animal-assisted therapy. There is no cost or advanced registration required to attend the meeting. However, please call the HABIT office (865-974-5633) or email Ruth Sapp at habit-et@utk.edu if you plan to attend to ensure enough handouts are available. For more information, visit the program's website.

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Contact:​​

Ruth Sapp, 865-974-5633, or habit-et@utk.edu​