- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 14, 2000

Books

"Creature Comforts: Animals That Heal," by Bernie Graham, Prometheus Books, 2000. This book examines the relaxing and healthful benefits that come from owning a pet.
"Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others," by Kathy Diamond Davis, IDG Books, 1992. This book has gentle suggestions for turning your pet into a therapy dog for the sick or disabled.

Associations

Delta Society, 289 Perimeter Road, Renton, Wash. 98055. Phone: 800/869-6898. Web site: http://petsforum.com/deltasociety/dsf000.htm. This organization is a resource for examining the human-animal bond. It has information on the health benefits of pet ownership and the benefits of pet therapy. It also runs the National Dog Service Center, a training organization for assistance dogs.
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, PO Box 33150, Denver, Colo. 80233. Phone: 800/369-RIDE. Web site: http://narha.org. A list of riding centers in your area is available from this organization.

Local resources

Fidos for Freedom, 410/880-4178. This nonprofit group trains service dogs for the physically handicapped and the hearing-impaired and takes volunteers and their pets to various hospitals and nursing homes in its pet therapy program.
Dog's Ears and Paws, 410/655-2858. This group also trains service dogs.
Therapeutic Riding and Recreation Center, 410/489-5100. This riding facility in Howard County has classes and individual therapy sessions for people with various disabilities. It is also a training center for Special Olympics equestrian events.
Pets on Wheels, 301/853-3300. Pet owners can volunteer to take dogs, cats and even birds to visit those who are not able to have pets.
Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation, 703/771-2689. Lessons are offered at Morvan Park Equestrian Center inLeesburg, Va.

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