April is Service/Therapy Animal Month
Since 2013, the FT Cares Foundation has donated over $72,600 to various organizations dedicated to helping humans through service, therapy and emotional support dogs.
The pictures on this page are from the time Fox Valley Therapy Club visited First Trust with a few of its canine good citizens (and Certified Therapy Dogs) who visit schools, hospitals, nursing homes, etc., spreading love the way only dogs can! Ember, below right, and one of the dogs we named through our association with NEADS, is showing how she can get "up" on cue, one of many tasks she can do to help her family member reach things, etc. Ember (and Trusty, another NEADS dog we sponsored and named) are service dogs.
Having pets is a joy for millions us. But what if your life, and the activities you do, are impossible without a service animal?
That’s why the Foundation has set April’s theme as: Service/Therapy Animals!
Here are a few of our partners (all of which we have donated to for several years):
Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
NEADS World Class Service Dogs (Trusty & Ember!)
Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Therapy Corps
Ready Set Ride Therapeutic Recreational Facility
Austin (TX) Dog Alliance
Spotlight On: Canine Therapy Corps
Canine Therapy Corps ("CTC"), located in Chicago, has been working alongside professionals in the fields of health care, education and social services since 1991, helping people recover from physical and emotional trauma.
According to CTC, 1 in 5 people live with a disability; over 20 million adults have difficulty in at least one area of functioning and 61% of men and 51% of women report exposure to at least one traumatic event.
The foundation of CTC's successful animal-assisted therapy programs is the "strength of the human-animal bond, which encourages and empowers individuals facing and overcoming personal challenges."
The MISSION AND BACKGROUND of Canine Therapy Corps:
Empowers and motivates individuals to improve their physical and psychological health and well-being by harnessing the human-animal bond;
Provides goal-directed, interactive animal-assisted therapy services free of charge using volunteers and certified therapy dogs; and
Advances animal-assisted interventions through research and collaboration
Americans LOVE their pets!
According to the AVMA’s U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, 38.4% of American households have a dog (1.6 dogs, to be exact). 25.4% of households have a cat (1.8 cats), 2.8% of households have birds and 0.8% have horses. The total number of these animals in the U.S. is as follows:
According to PetKeen, approximately 23 million U.S. households added a pet between March 2020 and May 2021. Fortunately, 90% of dogs and 87% of cats adopted during the pandemic were still with their owners in May 2021. Some fun facts:
60% of U.S. pet owners are female
Millennials are the generation most likely to own pets, accounting for 32% of all pet owners (followed by Baby Boomers at 27%, Gen X at 24%, Gen Z at 14% and Builders at 3%)
85% of dog owners and 76% of cat owners consider their pets family (no surprise to all of us who have pets!)
How do investors look at the animal industry? These stats might help (Information from American Pet Products Association, 3/24/21.