The Women's Centre of Halton Presented fourteen deserving women with the 150 Years of Exemplary Woman Award. The awards luncheon was held at the Harbour Banquet and Conference Centre in Oakville, Ontario. There was a fabulous buffet lunch and great speakers and a very interesting slide show presentation of Exemplary Women, Past & Present.
Our Founder, Donna Jenkins, was humbled to be in the presence of so many wonderful women that give so much of themselves to their communities and to women. Donna tends to get a bit embarrassed by the attention because she believes the attention should go to all Zachary's Paws Volunteers, Patients and their pets.
Zachary's Paws For Healing believes that Donna should be honored for her endless hours of work and dedication to hospital patients and their need to have visits with their pets.
LOOK WHO MADE THE FRONT PAGE!!! Zachary's Paws For Healing has done it again! The patients at the Regional Rehab Centre at the Hamilton General Hospital campus enjoyed an afternoon to pet, feed, brush and love four miniature horses. The amputee, stroke and acquired brain injury units and the staff came down to the grassy courtyard to enjoy the animals. None would be possible without Lynne Cree of Taking Strides Horse Therapy program and Brenda Elkins of Red Horse Sense Horse Therapy program and Il Capo (Anthony Longo) of T & T Equine Transport. These folks generously gave of their time and resources to give the patients a wonderful afternoon.
Below is a great article written by Carmela Fragomeni, writer for the Hamilton Spectator and some beautiful photos of some of the patients and the horses.
Remember, we only continue to provide our great work by receiving donations and fundraising. Please help support our service and be a part of bringing patients their pets and other animals.
Patients love these visitors
Zachary's Paws for Healing is a volunteer-run program facilitating pet visits to patients on referral at Juravinski and Hamilton General hospitals. It has so far arranged and facilitated 180 pet visits to patients since starting last November. Read more...bit.ly/2ca4zXu
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Donna Jenkins, Founder of Zachary's Paws For Healing, just returned from a very exciting and enlightening weekend at the University of Saskatchewan OneHealth Leadership Experience. Attending were medical, veterinarian, health sciences, law, Agriculture, Pharmacy, Public Administration students.
The purpose of the conference was to discuss how human, animal and environmental health are really One Health and that we are all inter-related. One Health encourages collaboration across all the disciplines. For example the Ebola outbreak not only needed the World Health Organization but it was critical to include local health agencies, animal health professionals, governments, social workers, risk management, mathematicians, researchers, communications, and environmental experts, etc. We must be willing and comfortable to share information and expertise. We must learn how to network outside our own specialty.
Donna was thrilled to speak to the students about Zachary's Paws For Healing and how we used the One Health method to organize. ZPFH also proves that there is a place for animals in health care and that pets serve a valuable healing purpose.
We applaud University of Saskatchewan and the Western College of Vet Medicine for working tirelessly on the One Health initiative. Thank you, also, to Dean Douglas Freeman, WCVM; Dr. Vikram Misra, professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) who specializes in virology and molecular biology; Dr. Elizabeth Mumford, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; Stacy Holzbauer, Centers Disease Control; Dr. David Rizman, Professor, Epidemiology, , University of Toronto; William Hueston, Retired Professor, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota; L David Dube, Concorde Group Corp and Dr. Nicole DeFraeye, Zoetis.
Here are a few pictures from my weekend compliments of Western College of Vet Medicine.
Two horses and a goat in a tutu walk into a hospital…This could be the start to a bad joke, but for patients in the Aquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program at Hamilton General Hospital’s Regional Rehabilitation Centre (RRC), it was the highlight of their week.
“It brings life to us,” says Kara Thompson, the recreation therapist at the RRC who coordinated the visit.
“It gives them an opportunity to enjoy the moment and forget about why they’re here.”
Several weeks ago, Thompson reached out to Donna Jenkins, founder of Zachary’s Paws for Healing (ZPFH), a foundation that provides therapeutic pet visits for people in hospital. Thompson knew that her patients would benefit from the social interaction that animals can stimulate as they undergo therapy and rehabilitation for acquired brain injuries.
“It gives them an opportunity to enjoy the moment and forget about why they’re here,” says Thompson.
Typically, ZPFH facilitates visits between a patient and their own pet from home but Jenkins was more than happy to make an exception for the ABI Program. Along with volunteers, she has been bringing dogs to visit the RCC once a week since July.
“It’s so nice because on this unit we see patients long term,” says Jenkins. “We see their progress and how they respond to the animals week to week.”
Jenkins says that since the visits began, one patient has started to talk more. Another is now able to open his palm to feed the animals a treat.
After several weeks of dog visits, Jenkins decided to branch out and invite some less likely animals into the fold. Lynne Cree, owner of Taking Strides Equine Assisted Learning brought two of her miniature horses. Elizabeth Rous, a trainer at Hollybrook Farm brought her pet goat, Annabelle.
They were a hit with patients, including Taralee, who took a particular liking to Raven the miniature horse. “I love seeing the animals,” she says. “It’s great.”
Patients enjoyed an afternoon of petting the animals and feeding them bits of carrot before heading back inside for a rest.
Next week, the dogs will be returning but Jenkins wouldn’t be surprised if one day soon, Trooper, Raven and Annabelle are back by popular demand.
Shared from Hamilton Health Science Share
Zachary's Paws For Healing and Royal Canin have partnered to host a Fun New Event for the Hamilton and Southern Ontario Area. Please see the attached Flyer.
This event is designed to help families and individuals find the proper pet for their lifestyle and personality. Finding the correct pet can make a huge difference in having a successful long term pet relationship. We hope this Pet Fair will offer a lot of information to the pet community.
We are offering booth space to reputable breeders free of charge. Many of our breeder friends will be receiving a flyer via email, inviting them to participate. This event will give breeders a chance to introduce their breed and their attributes to a very large audience. It also promotes purebred pets by reputable breeders.
If you are showing in obedience, rally, agility and/or flyball, etc and would like to demonstrate those events, please get in touch with me privately. I'd love to talk to you.
We are inviting dog, cat, bird, and pocket pets breeders. Mark your calendars for July 16th at the Ancaster Fairgrounds Concession Building from 10 am - 7 pm
The Pampered Pooches fundraiser was a tremendous success! Over the course of the day, 72 dogs received a bath and nail clipping, raising $922.20 for Zachary's Paws For Healing. Thank you to Manav Gambir, the owner of Pet Valu on Upper James for supplying your dog washing stations, shampoo, and towels. He did his fair share of dog washing, too. Thank you as well to all the wonderful volunteers who made this day possible. And finally, thank you to all the pooches and their families for coming and supporting our organization! We love the Hamilton community so much. See our gallery for more images from the day.
Shake off the winter blues with a refreshing doggie spa day. Zachary’s Paws For Healing is holding the first annual Pampered Pooches fundraiser on April 16th to raise funds for our programming. For only a $10 donation to Zachary’s Paws For Healing, our volunteers will turn your scruffy best friend into a handsome hound. The cost includes a nail clipping from a professional groomer and a bath.
Pampered Pooches will take place at Pet Valu located in South Hamilton Square at 1550 Upper James, unit 8. Store owner Manav Gambhir opened the successful Hamilton Mountain location to pursue his passion of caring for animals and his dedication to helping their owners provide the best care possible. Manav has been a committed partner with Zachary’s Paws for Healing, consistently supporting our mission to make pet visits available to Hamilton hospital patients.
Your pup will be beautiful inside and out. Your kind donation will go towards providing companion pet visits to patients at Juravinski Hospital. To date, (number) pet visits have been carried out by the organization since launching in September, 2015.