The South Okanagan division of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program will be holding their semi-annual orientation for new handlers on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m., followed by dog evaluations on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Both events will be held at the St. John Ambulance building on Dawson Avenue.
Therapy dogs regularly visit residents in senior facilities in Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton and Summerland. As well they visit residents at the Penticton Regional Hospital, South Okanagan General Hospital and the hospice house. They also visit Okanagan College, providing stress relief to students, staff and the faculty during the two weeks prior to Christmas and spring exams. In addition, plans for a reading program for children are currently underway.
For further information or to register for the therapy dog program, please contact Sandy Karr 250-493-5537.