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Bright & Beautiful Coronavirus Notice
03-11-2020

The safety of our B&B therapy dog teams is of our utmost concern. We have been in touch with the CDC and 4 major hospitals in our Northern NJ area and we all agree; NO Panic, use good common sense and impeccable hygiene, stay in touch with your facility (e.g., hospital, school, library, etc), and be sure they are using credible methods to separate the potential illness carriers from others.

Handlers themselves, or handlers with family members who are elderly, very young or who have an underlying medical condition, should especially vigilant.  You may want to consider putting your therapy visits on hold for the next 6 – 8 weeks, or until guidance changes. 

Volunteer Guidelines:

If you wish to continue your therapy dog work, be sure to communicate with your facility before your visit, and make sure you feel comfortable with the level of precautions they are taking.  Handlers should consider limiting their services to one facility.  We strongly advise that you avoid long-term care facilities, especially nursing homes, given the immune-compromised nature of their populations.
  • Wash your hands before and after each interaction.  Ask your facility to provide hand wipes for the clients, staff and patients to be used in your presence before and after any animal interactions.

  • Be sure to keep your dog clean, as per B&B guidelines.  Disinfect your dog and his/her paws before and after the visit, and between each person if you are visiting multiple people at a facility.

  • All gear, bags, collars, leashes, vests and so on should be washed or disinfected after each visit.  Special care should be taken with anything that touches the ground, including shoes.

  • Wear clothing you can wash in very hot water and put in a hot dryer.  Wash your clothes after each visit.

  • Per B&B guidelines, do not feed your dog or provide treats during visits.  Clients are not allowed to feed the dogs.

If you don't feel comfortable visiting right now, don't!  Until further notice, we have suspended the mandatory once a month visitation requirement.

June Golden
Executive
Director Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs Inc.

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We have a new contact for therapy dog vest information, Raspberry Field ! You can reach them direct at 503-661-2284, where Curtis is ready to help you!
The vests are red (therapy dog color) with our logo embroidered on the back.

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You may also email Curtis at: Sales@raspberryfield.com he will guide you with your therapy dog vest info.

Have your B&BTD member number ready so he can verify your membership!

 

 The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization which evaluates, tests, trains and qualifies owners and their well behaved dogs as therapy dog teams. These teams give unconditional love, boost self-esteem, and relieve loneliness and boredom. Did you know petting a dog will lower your blood pressure? The benefits are endless. They work in nursing homes, hospitals, psychiatric wards, shelters, schools and many other facilities.

Pet therapists are in great demand, and there is a serious shortage of therapy dogs.

Our dogs visit children in pediatrics. Most of the children have never been away from home before. They are frightened, fearful at the prospect of having to spend the night in a big scary hospital. Sometimes the children are severely handicapped. When they visit, the dogs seem to spark a reaction no one has ever seen before. Children in hospitals hold therapy dogs while being infused with chemotherapy. Libraries and schools are discovering how reading out loud to a dog can relieve shyness and reduce inhibitions.

We visit lonely seniors in nursing and assisted living homes. The dogs and handlers provide a welcome change in their routine and often form lasting friendships with the patients. They bring back pleasant memories of family pets in days gone by.

When we visit rehabilitation facilities and hospitals, the patients are able to ease the boredom of institutional life or the pain of recent surgery by visits from a friendly face with a wagging tail. Sometimes a depressed patient who hasn't spoken in months will have a conversation with a dog. Difficult patients can become more compliant with a furry face to convince them.

We never charge for visitation.
We pride ourselves upon being an all volunteer organization, so contributions and donations are important to us.
Of course, all are tax deductible.

Our handlers and dogs come in all ages, shapes and sizes — they are truly bright and beautiful.

June Golden,
Executive Director
The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.

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The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. is a non-profit all volunteer organization.
We do not accept monetary compensation for our visitation.
Testing Fees, Membership Fees, are Donations and are Tax Deductible

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The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.
80 Powder Mill Road, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: (973)292-3316  Fax: (973)292-9559
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