Pet-therapy program expanded – Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — South Georgia Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary is seeking pet-loving volunteers to grow its pet-therapy program and expand it to Berrien and Lanier campuses.

Pet therapy promotes healing through the human-animal bond, with animal assisted activities and therapy, according to a SGMC press release.

SGMC’s partner, Paws Patrol, offers a one-day therapy animal handler workshop May 7 in Albany for people interested in becoming certified. The class is free, but participants are required to purchase a Handler Guide for $30.

“This is the first step to becoming an SGMC pet-therapy volunteer as it covers the certification of the handler,” according to SGMC. “Additional details on certifying your pawed volunteer will be shared at the event or can be found on the registration website.”

Registration can be completed online at or by calling Cheryl Cohen, (260) 409-0169.

Once required certification is obtained, interested individuals should email to complete the onboarding process for joining the SGMC pet-therapy program.