It’s an amazing program! FFR has been a part of our school for the past three years. The projects, topics, and time spent with the dogs have made all the difference to our students. We are grateful for this program!
Cannot wait to see what next year will hold for the kids at the CEO!
Furry Friends Recovery brings my daughter so much happiness. She is mentally ill and was recently placed in a nursing home. At 32 years old it was a big adjustment. She is an animal person and missed her animals very much. When Tricia began bringing her dogs my daughter began to play with them and I watched her grow more confident and feel safe. Furry Friends is a real blessing for my daughter and I am very grateful that they make themselves available for the mentally ill.
I found out about FFR when I heard them interviewed on the radio. I kept repeating their name to myself so I could look them up when I got home. I'm so glad I did! I wanted to see if having a dog in my appointments with my new psychiatrist would help me deal with my anxiety and to bolster my courage to advocate for myself. My case manager thought having FFR involved would be greatly beneficial for me. When we contacted FFR, they even asked if I had preferences for a certain breed or personality. I was really happy to be able to choose to work with a pit bull, Ami.
As it happens, it was a good thing Ami was there! I had a major meltdown in my first appointment! Ami was resting against me and supporting me when my doctor unknowingly triggered me. Instead of being afraid, Ami stood up and began licking my face; and I buried my head in him and I calmed down. It was still hard to finish the appointment, but I felt like Ami had my back! Even if my doctor didn't understand me, Ami did. Now that we've had a few appointments together, I don't feel nearly as anxious about them because I know Ami will be there to help me.
I work at Gateway Regional Medical Center mostly involved with the Behavioral Health Units and I have to say that Furry Friends Recovery is a fantastic addition to Gateway. I have been on the units when they visit and all the patients get a little happier when the dogs come walking in. I have even noticed that the more troubled patients during the day get a little happier when they are petting the dogs.
The Furry Friends staff is great with patients of all ages. While some patients play with dogs, others are talking to the owners and really opening up with them. The owners have had their fair share of tragedy growing up and the patients can feel far more comfortable when talking with someone who has lived so close to their own situations. When the owners explain that things do get better, it takes time but patients now have a more visible representation that this is not the end and that there is something better down the road.
There are quite a few patients that could benefit from this group and the volunteer opportunities that are available for them when they are discharged from the hospital. I think they will fair very well working with this amazingly positive group and their companions.
Such a fabulous organization that supports mental health and NAMI SWIL. Thank you for being a Race for Recovery/Walk for Awareness sponsor. It was such an honor to have you lead out 1 Mile Walk! Thank you! Your support really helps make a difference in people's lives!
A wonderful community resource committed to mental health. Thank you for sponsoring NAMI SWIL Race for Recovery/Walk for Awareness!
I was in the hospital when they came to visit me. This totally helped me because I missed my critters.
Furry Friends Recovery is such a great service. I love all the dogs.
Furry Friends Recovery is an amazing dog therapy place for anyone who is dealing with stress. The Dogs they have a so welly trained that they will not bite you or hurt you in any way. The dogs are SO CUTE! Any one who likes the job should sign up because they are so nice and wonderful. I really like one of the workers there who trains the dog. Her name is Trisha. She is so nice and care giving. I love her a lot. How I met Furry Friends Recovery. I met them in a hospital gateway hospital. and i loved how they helped me it was amazing. this is a place that will make you happy and relieve all your stress.My name is Alex and i was a patient there at the hospital a few times and it helped me a lot.Thank you Furry Friends Recovery you made me happy.
P.S. for Trisha my favorite trainer. Thank you so much for helping me.and by the way Jet is better than all the dogs. and before i go i hope pastas doing better by everyone
Friend was in hospital, not feeling well at all. Furry Friends received a message of the need and went above and beyond to get to her so she could have snuggle time with Desi. It has been reported that Desi is now her BFF :-) Thank you Furry Friends!