‘Pets & People Partnering for Success’
Shelter Dog Training Program for young people with disabilities to hold first graduation
Stone Soup Group (SSG) and the Anchorage Animal Care & Control Center (AACCC) will be
holding the first ever Shelter Dog Training Program graduation. This pilot program is part of
SSG's pet therapy program, Pets & People Partnering for Success, which has worked to
develop and promote animal related programs and activities that benefit Alaskans
experiencing developmental disabilities and other special needs. These programs foster
healthy physical interaction, emotional bonding and social skill development.
"Pet therapy and other animal related programs encourage community inclusion, help kids
and teens learn new animal care skills, as well as create opportunities for young people to
feel a sense of accomplishment and receive unconditional love from a pet who in turn
benefits from the love of its human companion," says AACCC training volunteer, Kathy
Broome, who has been leading the six-week training class for young adults. "The program
graduates have learned so much, and gained so much in terms of self confidence and
sensitivity toward their shelter animals."
The event will honor "Shelter dogs' best friends": David, Ayanna, Elizabeta, Tom, and
Rebecca; as well as their teen mentors: Kevin, Rebecca, and Alex.
What: Stone Soup Group and Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center Shelter Dog
Where: AACCC, 4711 Elmore Road, Anchorage
When: Saturday, April 10th, 2:30-3:30pm