Pets For Therapy
Welcome to Pets for Therapy
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History for Pets of Therapy
Pets for Therapy started in 1989
with a little snow white poodle called Jo Jo, dressed up for Christmas
Yvonne Cody and Jo Jo's work as the founders and leaders of the Coast's highly successful Pets for Therapy (PFT) program has become legendary.
It all started when....
Jo Jo was a young puppy then and Yvonne had dressed him for a Christmas party with reindeer horns, a harness with bells and a small sleigh filled with tiny gifts.
Other aged care facilities saw the article and asked if we would visit their homes, asking Yvonne to dress Jo Jo for each special occasion and so "Pets for Therapy" was born.
Yvonne and Jo Jo did the job alone for nine years but then, due to an ever-increasing demand, Yvonne, an instructor with the Gold Coast Dog Obedience Club, recruited other volunteers and their dogs.
When God made the earth and sky,
the flowers and the trees,
And when His work was finished, not one was quite the same,
He said, "I'll walk this earth of mine and give each one a name".
And so He travelled land and sea, and everywhere he went,
a little creatured followed him until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth and in the sky and sea,
The Father smiled and softly said,
"I've turned my own name inside out and called you 'Dog' my friend".
THE PETS FOR THERAPY TEAM