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In Memoriam

Sir Frisco Haley-Rezac, RTD, CGC

Animal Assisted Therapy Canine

Frisco is an English Yellow Labrador Retriever born 3/12/05 named for San Francisco where Scott & Dyanna had their first date.. He began his training for Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) at the age of 9 weeks. Frisco is a certified Canine Good Citizen through the American Kennel Club and Registered Pet Partner with Dyanna Haley-Rezac through the Delta Society. He is also a member of Denver Pet Partners and a volunteer at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center.

Frisco's affectionate personality, eagerness to work, and extensive training have made him ideal for working with children and adults in multiple therapeutic interventions. Patients are often quoted saying, "Frisco is the best part of therapy!" In his free time, he enjoys running, chasing balls, swimming, and playing with other dogs.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) have become increasingly popular in healthcare settings as the therapeutic benefit of improving treatment outcomes and quality of life is being realized. Dogs are particularly suited for this work because of their long history of living and working with humans, and their ability to be trained. Our therapy dogs are eager and willing to assist in your therapy; however, interaction with them is completely optional and we are sensitive to persons with allergies or adversions to dogs.

Animal assisted therapy (AAT) is defined by the Delta Society as a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise and within the scope of practice for his/her profession. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning.

For more information on AAT, visit Delta Society or Denver Pet Parners

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