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

 

HABIT, a program of UT CVM

Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) is a non-profit group of volunteers working together to promote the bond between people and animals.  As a program of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, HABIT sponsors animal-assisted therapy programs for all ages in a variety of settings such as schools and nursing and retirement homes​. Photo courtesy UTIA.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A free informational meeting for those interested in volunteering 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, December 2, 2017, from 10 a.m. - noon.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m. 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 University of Tennessee 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, in Chattanooga. Park in the Erlanger parking garage. There is a $1 charge for parking. Signs will be posted directing participants to the meeting from the garage.

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. The program’s website is vet.utk.edu/habit.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.
 

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Contact: 

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

Sandra Harbison, 865-974-7377, 
sharbiso@utk.edu

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