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Meet SPIKE, AAT

San Francisco, June 28, 2010 - Have you met Spike, AAT? Spike works at King-American Ambulance and Allied Medical Transport (AMT.) Spike is a graduate of the San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy program where he earned his certification as an AAT (“Animal Assisted Therapist”).

Spike, AATSpike heard about the San Francisco SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy program and decided he wanted to volunteer so he could visit hospitals, care homes, assisted living, and nursing facilities in San Francisco and help patients feel better like the Paramedics and EMTs at work. Spike even has a uniform so you will know when he is on duty.

The San Francisco SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program started in 1981. The program currently has more than 100 volunteer teams making visits to locations throughout San Francisco. Working with their own friendly dogs, cats, small animals and birds, volunteers share the humancompanion animal bond with more than 60,000 people annually. During his first tour of duty, Spike has already made many friends at On Lok, Laguna Honda Hospital, Kokoro, and San Francisco General Hospital.

To schedule a visit from Spike at your facility, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 554-3000 or email aat@sfspca.org. You can also visit www.sfspca.org for more information regarding the SF SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy program.

Spike, AAT
“Everyone just adores Spike. He brings so much joy to our participants here at Powell.
We can hardly wait for his next visit to our center.”

On Lok Lifeways
San Francisco

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