The Saskatchewan SPCA is happy to be the sponsor of a second St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Team. Bentley, a Pekingese-Terrier, and his owner, Allison Matice, are one of the few therapy dog teams active in Prince Albert.
Allison Matice adopted Bentley from the Prince Albert SPCA in 2011. Bentley was certified in the spring of 2013 for pet therapy and since then has been spreading joy and alleviating stress throughout Prince Albert. He has visited special care facilities where he has brought smiles to the faces of the seniors. He has gone to Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST) in Prince Albert during exam time and library week to help lower the stress levels of the students.
Therapy dogs have gone through an evaluation process with St. John Ambulance and visit those whose lives can be improved by the therapeutic benefits of contact with animals. Therapy dogs visit places such as hospitals and nursing homes. The Saskatchewan SPCA is also the proud sponsor of Lucy, a three-year-old Great Dane who is owned by Melissa Gieni in Saskatoon. If you are interested in the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program and would like to know more, please visit the St. John Ambulance website at www.sja.ca.