2017 - Helping Idaho Dogs News
Oct 14, 2017
Our therapy dog teams attended the Team Hope Walk greeting the other walkers and joining in the event festivities. The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today, hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families. Click here for pictures of the event.
Three of our pet therapy teams were in the library at Heritage Middle School to promote reading. The dogs enjoyed pets and love from the students. Click here for pictures of the event.
Once again this year, we joined with the Alzheimer's Association to Walk to End Alzheimer's. Our therapy dogs visit several memory care centers to share love, wags, and an occasional kiss with the residents. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! Click here for pictures of the event.
The HiDi annual volunteers appreciation dinner at the Riverside Hotel gave us an opportunity to say goodbye to our founder, Tammy Wallace, who is leaving Helping Idaho Dogs Inc to focus on her next adventure.
We can't say enough thank yous to Tammy for all the rescue dogs she helped transition to their new "forever homes", all the therapy dogs she assisted training, and her encouragements of all the volunteers. Click here for pictures of the event.
"The Children’s Tumor Foundation NF Walk program helps fund research, raises awareness, and supports individuals and families living with neurofibromatosis. NF Walk brings together families, friends, and neighbors for memorable community events." Seven of our Therapy Dog teams and three teams-in-training attended this year's NF Walk at Kleiner Park to support the children and families. Click here for pictures of the event.
"Experience the magic of what happens when people come together to create emotionally empowering experiences for Idaho children diagnosed with cancer and their families. Camp Rainbow Gold is an oncology camp, a sibling camp and a family camp. It’s a teen support group and a college scholarship program. Camp Rainbow Gold is a celebration of life." Our Therapy Dog teams visited the camp located near Ketchum Idaho on the first day of the camp week to join campers and staff playing dress up and doing art projects. Click here for pictures of Blaze and Chase at camp.
Ride for Joy provides professional and compassionate equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals with special needs, military veterans and active duty personnel. Our Therapy Dog teams join the group at the end of each morning session for a chance to read to or just pet and play with our dogs. Click here for pictures of the event.
Shooting Stars Day Camp is part of Camp Hodia, a camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes, ages 4 - 8 years old. This year it was held at the new Esther Simplot Park in Boise! Our therapy dog teams have gone to the event for several years now, and love seeing the young people participating in the camp's activities. The therapy dog teams enjoy giving these children time with our therapy dogs.
The annual Advancing Adventures in Communicating (AAC) camp was held at the Northwest Nampa University in Nampa. This event gives young people who use electronic devices to communicate a chance to socialize, meet friends, have fun and improve their communication skills. Sometimes it is the person's first experience outside of their homes! Our therapy dog teams have gone to the event for years now, and love seeing the young people that participate. Our therapy dogs visit with each person to help them feel comfortable, and to give these special people the opportunity to communicate with our dogs.
Helping Idaho Dogs held the first New Volunteers Meeting at Eagle Public Library! We have decided to hold this meeting monthly so we can better meet with people that may be interested in joining Helping Idaho Dogs. Bring your questions to ask our Directors and other volunteers at any of these meetings! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up to attend a meeting.
Several of our therapy dog teams visited with the students at Timberline High School during their finals week. The high school students always look forward to taking a break with our wonderful therapy dog teams.
Our volunteers had fun in the sun and enjoyed shopping at the NW Pets Truckload Sale in Eagle. There were great people to meet, good food to eat, and incredible sales at this annual event!
Four classes of first grade students at Lake Hazel Elementary School in Boise enjoyed our Humane Education presentation and video about being safe around dogs. All of the students took turns petting Bernie, one of our therapy dogs, by following the steps they learned. The students and our Humane Education team enjoyed every minute of it! Enjoy the photos here.
Five of our therapy dog teams received training from Injury Care EMS in Boise! Our teams are learning to be calm in an ambulance and the equipment that Injury Care EMS uses in their daily work. Way to go Sandra & Chase, Carol & Bernie, Nancy & Blaze, Mary & Falito, Dawn & Fen!! You can view the teams in action here.
Idaho Gives is our major fundraiser; a 24 hour online giving event where people donate to their favorite nonprofits! Help us continue to do our good work by donating to Helping Idaho Dogs here on May 4th. ***A heartfelt thank you to all our supporters during Idaho Gives this year!
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Our therapy dog teams visited with Eagle Middle School 6th through 8th graders during their three weeks of state testing. This is our second year in a row to be there for the kids, and we love seeing how much the students relax after petting our dogs!
Boy Scout Pack 92 had a great time learning dog safety tips during our Humane Education presentation! Sarah did a fantastic job of presenting and two therapy dog teams attended - Carol & Bernie plus Sandra & Chase. Enjoy the slideshow here.
Fourth grade students at Kenneth Carberry Elementary School learned about therapy dogs and service dogs during our presentation. The students enjoyed their time with our therapy dog teams! View photos here.
January - April, 2017
Help us earn donations! If you or someone you know is a new client with H&R Block, select the link below to take a referral form to the first appointment! The H&R Block Referral Program will donate $20 to us for every new client that brings in this form.