Programs we are actively involved in.
Hug-A-Tree and Survive program
The Hug-A-Tree and Survive Program was first conceived in the mountains near San Diego, CA after a search for a nine year old boy that ended in his tragic death. Afterwards, a small group of those who searched for him developed a program that teaches children what to do should they get lost in a wilderness setting. This same group sincerely hopes that no child ever needs the information. But, if the contents of the program are discussed with every possible child, it may help them to remember one or more facts that could make the search short and successful.
Jackson County K-9 takes pride in presenting this program to the areas youth.
Pet Partners established the Therapy Animal Program in 1990, with the goal of establishing rigorous standards for both animals and their human handlers to ensure safe and effective therapy animal visits in the community. Pet Partners requires successful completion of a comprehensive education program for all volunteers before the animal is assessed for suitability. Focusing on safety elements such as infection control, patient confidentiality and best practices in handling, our therapy animal handlers bring a substantive level of professionalism to the settings they visit. Additionally Pet Partners focuses on the importance of animal welfare, emphasizing that we are engaging our animals to participate in these activities and we must constantly be their advocate, ensuring they are both safe and content during interactions.
The Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program also distinguishes itself by requiring all animals to pass a skills and aptitude evaluation every two years to remain registered as a therapy animal, a practice recommended by both the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) as well as the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Handlers are also expected to demonstrate best practices in handling, elevating the requirements of a therapy animal team beyond basic obedience skills.
Finally, Pet Partners recognizes that there are a wide variety of animals that can bring joy to people. Pet Partners registers all breeds of dog with appropriate skills and aptitudes as well as eight other species including cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, miniature pigs, llamas and alpacas and even domesticated rats.
It is Jackson County K-9's goal to certify all of our Search and Rescue dogs in the Pet Partners program.