Therapy Animals of Utah

Telling Our Stories, Sharing Our Light
Chelsea and Joseph

Jill Joanna SugarThe Old Mill Clubhouse was the venue for the 2015 Therapy Animals of Utah Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on November 21. The evening was a special celebration of our volunteers who selflessly donate their time, talents and animals to help others.

This year’s theme was: Telling our Stories, Sharing our Light.

More IMG_2473than 70 volunteers, friends and family members celebrated a fun evening together enjoying a delicious meal and appreciation for the work they and their therapy animals do.

IMG_2471At the left, Board Chair Gary Walton got the evening off to a great start with his trademark sense of humor.

On the right, Recreational Therapist MaryAnn Dostaler from Rocky Mountain Care Center shared touching stories of miracles that she has MaryAnnobserved during visits with therapy animals – such as a slight flutter of movement or a vocalization from an otherwise nonverbal patient – that might be unnoticed or unrecognized by the volunteers.



TAU Director Debbie Carr, on the left, emphasized the importance of telling our stories and sharing the many benefits therapy animals provide.

Short videos were shown featuring some of our volunteers in action and beautiful testimonies of the miracles that therapy animals have assisted with. The video here tells the story of a boy, who through visits from therapy dog Chelsea, overcame his fear and developed skills that his therapists did not know were possible for him.

We appreciate all of our volunteers! Thank you to our generous Board of Directors and donors who helped make this a special evening honoring our volunteers who donate so much of their time to share their animals in bringing comfort, love, hope and healing to those in need.

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