Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services

Visit Site Descriptions

All About Seniors

All About Seniors is a residential care facility for elders in San Jose offering senior assisted living. There are three individual homes that we visit, each containing 5 or 6 residents and their 24/7 professional caregivers. To view pictures of the beautiful homes, as well as learn more about All About Seniors, please visit their website, www.allaboutseniors1.com.

Almaden Health and Rehabilitation Center

Almaden Rehab team

Almaden Health and Rehabilitation Center is a 77 bed facility near the corner of Union Avenue and Los Gatos-Almaden Road. Patients may be recovering from surgery, injury, or stroke; some are making decisions about long-term care. The staff is particularly friendly, not only welcoming our pets but also helping patients to interact with them. At present, only dogs are requested for this team.

Belmont Convalescent Hospital

Belmont Convalescent Hospital is a skilled nursing facility that provides a variety of care including short term, long term, rehabilitation, hospice, and more, to 33 residents. There is a wide selection of activities that are offered twice daily. During the morning hours, the activities are usually particiatory such as arts, crafts, current events, literature, bingo, and religious services. The afternoons often include entertainment and this is when Furry Friends guests usually arrive. We are welcomed and appreciated. It is common to see a resident's face "light up" when the animals visit.

Belmont Village Assisted Living

Belmont Village of San Jose is an Assisted Living Community. This 7 story facility has 120 beds including a person-centered living area for Alzheimer's residents. Belmont Village is an upscale community located at Santana Row. Residents are comparatively independent, verbal, active and extremely friendly. Staff members are welcoming and appreciative. Dogs of any size will be welcome to the team. As well as cats, rabbits, birds - a limit of 8 animals at a time would probably be appropriate. Visits will be in a group setting in the "Great Room" on the first floor. Check in at concierge desk. Good parking facility next door. TB test required.

Belmont Village Assisted Living Sunnyvale

Belmont Village of Sunnyvale is an Assisted Living Community that offers assistance with daily living. There is a separate, secured Alzheimers Neighborhood, all in a warm and comfortable environment. In a rather elegant although homelike setting, Furry Friends visits as a group with patients with memory loss (Circle of Friends) and with Alzheimers residents. There is ample parking in front of the building. Please wear Furry Friends attire unless visits coincide with holidays.

Camden Convalescent Hospital

This is a small 60 bed facility offering full time skilled nursing for long term stays and for the residents unable to live on their own. They have many residents who have lived there for 10-15 years as well as a lot of long term staff members. This facility offers outings for residents and daily activities. The favorite activity is the nightly bingo games. The residents love the animal visits which are held in the main activity room as well as in the individual rooms.

Cedar Creek

cedar creek team

Cedar Creek is a 58 bed facility which offers specialized care to people with dementia, Alzheimer's, and other similar diseases. Their program is designed for people who cannot adequately care for themselves, and require a safe and pleasant environment in which to live. Residents are able to safely stroll both inside the building and outside on paths through the gardens and lawn area. The residents enjoy seeing and petting the animals brought to Cedar Creek.

Channing House

Channing House is a retirement center in residential downtown Palo Alto. It has apartments for independent living, as well as Skilled Nursing & Personal Care facilities. Furry Friends visit the clients on the Skilled Nursing floor. Most of the residents here are ardent animal lovers, many still regretting the animals they had to leave to move to Channing House. Our visits are clearly a source of great pleasure.

Children's Recovery Center of Northern California

CRCNC is a 27-bed facility that provides care to infants and young children having complex medical conditions, with a goal of enabling them to go home. Average length of stay is two years. Most of the kids were preemies and are on ventilators (part- or full-time); many have a G tube. Almost none of the children have previously seen pets, so visits consist of gentle introductions and playing together. Sturdier dogs (20 lbs. and up) are needed for this team. However, cats, rabbits or similar pets are welcome. Pets must be extremely calm and gentle for this site.

Coast Side Adult Day Health

Coast Side Adult Day Health is located in the downtown section of beautiful Half Moon Bay. Coast Side provides weekday assistance to seniors who are on doctor's prescription to attend this facility and have some physical or emotional limitations. The facility is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and provides door-to-door bus service to/from the participant's home. On average, there are approximately 25 participants at the facility on a given day (maximum 45 participants). A hot lunch is provided and activities are planned throughout the 4 hour period. There are two general activity rooms (dining room) where Furry Friends conduct their visits. Participants are asked to remain in their seats during the visit and the pets are on-leash at all times.

Complete Senior Living

Complete Senior Living is a residential care facility in San Mateo that houses 6 residents. The facility provides assisted living services with 24 hour staff on site. We currently visit the site on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.

Courtyard Care Center

Courtyard Care Center provides skilled nursing care and medical rehabilitation services. It is a 75 bed facility located just off Stevens Creek Boulevard between San Tomas and Saratoga. Many residents there are unable to get out of bed easily, so our Furry Friends go from room to room. When weather permits, our Furry Friends go out on the patio to visit, and they always make a stop in the activities room.  Many of the residents there are animal lovers, and the Furry Friends visits bring a smile to their faces.  

Driftwood Healthcare

Driftwood Healthcare is a skilled nursing facility in Santa Cruz providing long term care for residents. Our team first visits in a common area where the residents can get acquainted with the animals. We then visit individual rooms where the responses are heartwarming. This site is particularly rewarding, as the patients are very appreciative of our visits. We are a new team anxious for members large and small.  

Eastfield Ming Quong

Eastfield Ming Quong Children & Family Services helps children with serious emotional disturbances and their families achieve emotional and mental health. For more information, visit their web site at www.emq.org. Rain or shine, this visit includes dogs of all sizes, as well as several cats. Properly controlled dogs may be allowed off leash at this site, to play fetch, etc. Dogs on this team must get along well with other dogs and children. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

El Camino Hospital Adolescent Health Unit

The Adolescent Health Unit at El Camino Hospital is a treatment center (15 beds) for young people with eating disorders and related conditions. We generally meet in the carpeted hallways between the rooms, where the patients come and sit on the floor and enjoy petting the dogs and talking with the volunteers. In good weather, we all meet outside on a large patio and the dogs are able to roam from person to person. We also make bedside visits to those patients who are on bed rest, as well as to the younger patients in the adjoining Pediatric Medical Care Unit (16 beds). The entire staff is very supportive and interactive with team members and dogs.

Forum at Rancho San Antonio

This facility provides both assisted living and skilled nursing care. We divide our time between both units. Most of the residents in skilled nursing use wheelchairs, and occasionally we will visit a bed-ridden resident in his/her room. The assisted living residents are more active and always look forward to our visits.

Front Street Residential Care

Front St. Residential Care is a 47-bed adult residential care facility (ARF) serving individuals with mental disabilities. Front St. Residential Care is in an ideal location near downtown Santa Cruz between the beach and the Pacific Garden Mall.

Gilroy Health Care and Rehab Center

This is a large facility with over 100 residents. The facility offers full time skilled nursing for long term stays and for residents unable to live on their own. The facility also has a few people who are there short term for rehabilitation. Most residents are limited in their mobility, some are bedfast. Therefore, we visit the main area by going room to room providing one on one interaction and building friendships. There is also an Alzheimer's wing where we visit in a common area lifting the spirits of the residents there. The staff has been very friendly and the residents love the animals and welcome our visits.

Grace Community Center

Grace Community Center in downtown San Jose is a therapeutic recreation center, the only one of its kind in Santa Clara County. It serves the social, recreational, and therapeutic needs of adults with mental illness. The center members come and go during this indoor visit, petting the dogs and engaging with the volunteers - they love animals! We meet in the basement, so members and pets need to be able to negotiate about five step down. Pets should be fairly calm indoors since there is little room to run around. Sitting, shaking hands, and other simple tricks are much admired.

Green Hills Manor

Green Hills Manor is a small nursing home/convalescent hospital facility in a residential area. The residents are about equally divided between those who are very low functioning (almost comatose) and those who are higher functioning. Since it is a small facility, the team should be kept small. The captains will be taking two or three of their dogs and would welcome a rabbit and or cat, and a lap-sized dog, but that is about it.

Healthy Teen Project

The Healthy Teen Project (http://www.healthyteenproject.com/) is a program for teens with eating disorders. Check out the website for specifics about this program. We visit once a month on the 4th Friday for 45 minutes to an hour. There can be as few as 2 clients or as many as 6+; we will spend time with the teens and share our pets with them. The team captain has a therapy cat so all pets must be good with cats; any and all types of pets are welcome (when we have openings!). There are some things that must be thought about when joining this team; what to say and not to say to the teens, also no 'diet' products can be brought in. (Bottles of water are fine, no diet soda.) No human snacks, that sort of thing. They are very excited to have us visiting! Plenty of parking.

Hillview Convalescent Hospital

Hillview is a small 52 bed facility in Morgan Hill offering full time skilled nursing for long term stays and residents unable to live on their own. This facility offers outings for residents and daily activities. The residents love the animal visits which are held in the main activity room as well as in the individual rooms.

Hope Rehabilitation

At Hope Rehabilitation, we visit adults with moderate to serious developmental disabilities in at least three classrooms. Both clients and staff are extremely appreciative of our visits each month. It's rewarding to see the joy they have with the animals.

IOOF Childrens Home in Gilroy

The IOOF Childrens home in Gilroy is for abused children from ages 7-16. The living facilities consist of 4 bungalows that are residence for up to 30 children. This is an outdoor, off-leash visit. The kids have to complete their chores before they join the visit. Both dogs and cats are welcome. This is usually a very active site. The kids sometimes ride bikes, skateboard or play catch in the same area where furry friends are visiting. When there is rain unfortunately there is no visit because there is no indoor facility available for the furry friends' visit. The furry friends as well as the people volunteers are always made to feel welcome and appreciated by the kids who walk and play fetch with the dogs as well as groom them. Just sitting and visiting with a furry friend and volunteer is also a favorite pastime. This is a perfect visit for both active and not so active pets. There is always someone to appreciate both character traits.

Laboure Residence

Laboure Residence is a retirement community and skilled nursing facility for the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent dePaul, retired Catholic Sisters, many of whom have been teachers.

Life Services Alternatives

Life Services Alternatives (LSA) is an organization that operates community-based homes to provide residential care and support for adults with developmental disabilities. To view pictures of the beautiful homes, as well as learn more about Life Services' mission, values, and goals, please visit their website, www.lsahomes.org. Furry Friends visits three 5-bedroom homes, each containing five residents. The homes are located near each other in a beautiful complex in Santa Clara. They are separated by a lovely grassy area. Our visits are on the second Saturday of each month at 9:00AM.

Lifeways

Located at the corner of The Alameda and Stockton, near the HP Arena in San Jose, On Lok Lifeways center provides a welcoming, safe place for seniors to receive healthcare services, as well as to socialize and make new friends. The center has a fully operating clinic, complete with exam and treatment rooms, and a rehabilitation. The center serves as a pleasant meeting place, providing opportunities for social interaction and engaging activities. Furry Friends meet with seniors in a bright, open dining area, with tables and chairs. We visit between breakfast and lunch times, so no food is served during our visit. This site is appropriate for both large and small dogs. The room is fully accessible, and there is very little walking involved, so older dogs (or less mobile humans!) have a comfortable experience. Our animals are well received and a real treat for the clients as well as the staff, as many of them are no longer to care for their own pets.

Live Oak - Cupertino (Cupertino-Sunnyvale Senior Day Services)

The Cupertino-Sunnyvale Senior Day Services, now Live Oak Cupertino, can accomodate 25-30 seniors. Live Oak is licensed for Alzheimer's and Belated Dementias. The room is set up to easily handle 8-10 medium to large furry friends. Most of the seniors we visit have mild to moderate dementia. They look forward to our visits and often we find our visits extend beyond the scheduled 30 minutes.

Los Gatos Meadows (Medical Unit 3rd Floor)

This is a beautifully appointed Senior Residential Center, owned and operated by the Episcopal Foundation. The third floor infirmary (38 beds) cares for residents who are seriously ill, recovering from surgery, or no longer able to care for themselves in their private residence. Our team is small; parking is limited. Our dogs and cats must be well controlled, and extremely gentle. There is a "Resident Cat", to which we are very sensitive. Both residents and staff are extremely appreciative and hospitable. If time allows, we visit the fourth floor, where we are greeted by other residents.

Lucille Packard Children's Hospital

There are three PATS teams that visit Lucille Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH). Team One visits on the 3rd Wednesday, Team Two visits on the 4th Tuesday and Team Three on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Each team is comprised of 10 members and supported by several substitutes who visit the children in the hospital's 3rd floor Recreation Therapy Facilities. As most of the children being visited are there for very serious therapies, PATS members distribute themselves throughout the room and allow the patients to come to them. Lap pets are a premium on these teams. Each patient must have their Doctor's permission to attend, as pets are not allowed in patient's rooms. Patients receiving infusion therapies are accompanied by the I.V. apparatus, some are in wheelchairs and a few in their beds, making space coordination a challenge. The patients' ages are from babies to 18 years, and most are accompanied by parents and siblings, or by volunteers, all of whom enjoy the visits by our pets. As many patients are immuno-compromised, the health of our team members (both human and pets) is closely monitored.

Manor Care

Manor Care is a very nice 300 bed facility. This facility has a section for longer-term residents, a section for patients who are convalescing from recent medical care, and an Alzheimer's unit. Residents are delighted to see the animals; visits are conducted room-to-room, with a follow-up visit to an activity room if time permits. Both small and large dogs are welcome, but must be good with cats, as there are two cats on the team as well. Additional cats are also welcome, as well as other animals. Since this is a large facility, we are always looking for new members. All animals must be on- leash; many residents are restricted to beds, so small dogs should be able to be picked up and shown to the residents. Parking is in front of the facility on the street, and is plentiful.

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

MaryKnoll is an independent retirement community for the Catholic Foreign Missionary Society, missionaries who have served all around the world.

Merrill Gardens

Merrill Gardens is a lovely new retirement community located in San Jose near 280 and Meridian. Furry Friends' visits take place in the main activities area with the Alzheimers unit.

Magnolia House Burlingame

This is a skilled nursing floor with patients that need longer term hospital care. The volunteers and their pets visit a pre scheduled list of patients one at a time in their individual rooms. The rooms are small so the volunteers and their pets cycle through the list of patients that have requested visits. The patients and staff look forward to our visits and are always prepared for us. The Activities Coordinator goes out of her way to assure a pleasant visit for all.

Magnolia House San Mateo

Four team members and their dogs do individual patient room visits and also see a group of 2-4 patients in the activity room. Our patients are recovering from strokes or other traumatic injuries which require prolonged speech and ambulatory therapy. One of our most successful visits is to the renal dialysis unit where we visit while the patients are being dialyzed. Since we see this group of patients regularly, we have all become extended family.

Long term plans for this hospital are to turn it into a regional arthritis and cancer treatment facility. Pet therapy could provide significant benefits to a larger group of patients once the extensive remodeling is completed.

Mission Skilled Nursing Facility

This is a full time care facility in Santa Clara for seniors or adults who need care until they can return home. Visits are in a large room with approximately 25 clients in wheelchairs. Volunteers are also invited to go to rooms and visit bed bound clients. The clients here look forward to visiting with the pets, which are welcomed with lots of love and smiles. This site has had visits for many years. This team includes both dogs and cats.

Moldaw Residences

Moldaw Residences is a Jewish Senior Living community located in Palo Alto next door to the JCC. Our visits focus on the Memory Support Unit with residents of varying capabilities and the Assisted Living area. We are a small team of dog owners bringing joy and fond memories to seniors in a beautifully designed facility.

Oakwood

Oakwood is a retirement home for nuns, located at Sacred Heart School on Valparaiso Avenue, between Atherton and Menlo Park. The primary focus of Furry Friends visits is eight nuns in wheelchairs, in the 'special care' unit. These women are alert, articulate, and interested in the dogs. We also visit with other retirees who are interested in pets. This is a cheerful site, and both men and women volunteers are welcome.

Pacific Coast Manor

Pacific Coast Manor is a skilled and long term care facility located in Capitola, CA. The facility offers a complete continuum of care for the skilled or long term resident. The 99 bed facility has 44 rooms, 75 of which are long term and 24 short term.  There is an open community room for visitation as well as individual patient rooms.   Pacific Coast Manor is located one block east of the Capitola Library and 3 blocks west of Shadowbrook Restaurant, just off 41st Avenue in Capitola.  The staff as well as patients look forward to visits from pets of all types.

Pacific Gardens Assisted Living Community

Pacific Gardens is a small assisted living and high-functioning dementia unit on the Sunnyvale/Santa Clara border. There are about 30 dementia patients that we visit in a large meeting room, or on nice days, in a beautiful courtyard. The 20 or so assisted living residents are scattered around. We either encounter them in the hallways, lobbies, or visit in their rooms. Any size animal of any species is welcome. Everyone there, including the staff, is thrilled to see us. There are no age restrictions and no TB required.

Pacific Hills Manor Convalescent Hospital

Pacific Hills Manor is a 100 bed facility in Morgan Hill offering a continuum of care from skilled nursing to long term care. The average age of clients is around the late seventies. Most of the residents use wheelchairs and some are unable to leave their beds. The facility's goal is to improve the residents’ functional abilities and promote independence in the home-like setting. Activities are provided to meet the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of the residents. Bringing animals into the facility, for the residents to see and pet, brings great joy to them.

Palo Alto Veterans Hospital

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System offers comprehensive health care services to veterans and non-veterans on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The fourth floor Hospice unit has approximately 30 beds but the number of patients varies considerably from week to week. The hospice staff members are outstanding; they enjoy our visits as much as the patients and their families! We visit every other Friday. This is a room-to-room visit, but the dogs visit with people in front of the hospital, in the lobby and in the hallways on their way up to the fourth floor. We also visit every other Friday in Building 5 in the activity room.

Reading Buddies - Almaden Library

Reading Buddies is a program where children read books aloud to pets, to help increase their confidence and reading ability. Interested children will sign up for the program at the library, first come, first serve. Pets of all types are encouraged; however, pets must be able to be calm for relatively long periods of time, maintaining a loose sit/stay or down/stay, while the child is reading to them and petting them. Pets with prior experience with children preferred. Pets that are easily distracted or not able to sit/stay or down/stay would probably not be good for this program. The visits will take place in a single large room, so all pets should be able to be in loose proximity to other pets. This is a brand-new program, and is so far proving to be great fun for all involved! This visit should be about an hour in length. The team has a wonderful large room for our visit!

Reading Buddies - Buchser Middle School

Buchser Middle School is located in the heart Santa Clara. We are one block from the Santa Clara University. Buchser has 990 students, ranging from ages eleven to fourteen. Our multifaceted campus includes many English language learners and special needs students who will benefit from a Reading Buddy Program. Our regular education classes also include a strong reading component as teachers try to hook kids into reading for pleasure everyday. The students at Buchser are acquainted with Furry Friends as they have regular visits from the vice principal's golden retriever, who is a part of this program. We would welcome dogs of all sizes and they should be comfortable around a group of students who are eager to give loving pets to visiting dogs. The address for Buchser Middle School is 1111 Bellomy Steet, Santa Clara CA, 95050. Visitors can use on-street parking located on Market street, or the back parking lot that is located at Poplar and Washington. A TB test is required.

Reading Buddies - Capitola Library

Welcome to the Reading Buddies program at the Capitola Library, a member of Santa Cruz Public Libraries. This library is conveniently located at 2005 Wharf Road in Capitola. Reading Buddies is a program where children read books aloud to pets, to help increase their confidence and reading ability. We meet on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30 to 10:30AM and the third Wednesday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00PM. The visits will be done in the children's area of the library so all pets should be able to be in loose proximity to other pets and pets of all types are encouraged, so please make sure your animal is comfortable with “foreigners”. Dogs must be able to be calm for relatively long periods of time, maintaining a loose sit/stay or down/stay, while the child is reading to them and petting them. Pets that are easily distracted or not able to sit/stay or down/stay would probably not be good for this program. All pets must attend and pass our Reading Buddies evaluation class. This program is a lot of fun for both the pets and the children involved, and very rewarding for the volunteers. Consider taking a Reading Buddies Evaluation Class, and sign up for one of these exciting Reading Buddies sites!

Reading Buddies - Cupertino Library

Welcome to the Reading Buddies program! We visit at the Cupertino Library, a member of the Santa Clara County Library System. This library is conveniently located off DeAnza Avenue near 280 in Cupertino. Pets and their child “buddies” meet in a room together. The Reading Buddies program looks for animals that enjoy staying very still (sit/stay or down/stay) and being in close contact with children for long periods of time. Handlers will be with the pets, but pets need to be comfortable being close to other pets but not distracted by them. Please take the Reading Buddies class, and come join us on a Reading Buddies team!

Reading Buddies - Edenvale Library

Reading Buddies is a program where children read books aloud to pets, to help increase their confidence and reading ability. Dogs of all sizes are encouraged. Dogs must be able to be calm for relatively long periods of time, maintaining a loose sit/stay or down/stay, while the child is reading to them and petting them. All pets must attend and pass our Reading Buddies evaluation class prior to joining the team. Pets that are easily distracted or not able to sit/stay or down/stay would probably not be good for this program; all pets must also be able to tolerate both cats and dogs. The visits will take place in a large "community room". Handlers should be comfortable sitting on the floor with their pet or sitting in a chair for 1 hour. This is an on-leash location, the animals will be in close proximity to one-another. We anticipate room for 8 - 10 animal teams. This program is a lot of fun for both the pets and the children involved, and very rewarding for the volunteers. Consider taking a Reading Buddies Evaluation Class, and sign up for one of these exciting Reading Buddies sites!

Reading Buddies - Gilroy Library

Welcome to the Reading Buddies program at the Gilroy Library, a member of Santa Clara County Public Libraries. This new, state of the art library is located at 350 W. Sixth St. in Gilroy. Reading Buddies is a program where children read books aloud to pets, to help increase their confidence and reading ability. We meet on the fourth Thursday of every month at 3:30PM for about an hour. The visits will take place in a single large room, so all pets should be able to be in loose proximity to other pets. Pets of all types are encouraged; however, pets must be able to be calm for relatively long periods of time, maintaining a loose sit/stay or down/stay, while the child is reading to them and petting them. Pets with prior experience with children preferred. Pets that are easily distracted or not able to sit/stay or down/stay would probably not be good for this program. All pets must attend and pass our Reading Buddies evaluation class. This program is a lot of fun for both the pets and the children involved, and very rewarding for the volunteers. Consider taking a Reading Buddies Evaluation Class, and sign up for one of these exciting Reading Buddies sites!

Reading Buddies - La Selva Beach Library

La Selva Beach Library is in a quiet neghborhood. It is a small site with an intimite setting and a large grassy area. The staff is very supportive and the visits are fun. Visits are the first and third Saturdays of each month from 1:30 to 3:00pm.

Reading Buddies - Los Altos Library

Welcome to the Reading Buddies program at the Los Altos Library, a member of the Santa Clara County Library System. This library is conveniently located at 13 S. San Antonio Avenue in downtown Los Altos. We meet on the second Saturday of every month at 11am. The visit will be done in one large room and pets of all types are encouraged, so please make sure your animal is comfortable with “foreigners.” Animals must be calm, maintaining a loose sit/stay or down/stay, and enjoy being close to children for long periods of time. No health requirements for human partners are required, but humans must be at least 14 years old. Animals with prior experience are preferred, and all pets must attend and pass our Reading Buddies evaluation class. This is a fabulous way to increase and improve a child’s love of reading, which can change their lives forever. What a great way to spend an hour of your time.

Reading Buddies - Los Gatos Library

The Los Gatos Reading Buddies Program helps children increase their reading confidence and ability by reading books aloud to pets. Interested children sign up for the program with the Los Gatos Librarian on a first come, first serve basis. Our visits take place once a month, on the fourth Thursday of the month, in the Children's Library section of the Los Gatos Public Library. All pets in the program should be able to remain calm and quiet while around children and in the proximity of other pets. Our visits last an hour from 4pm to 5pm. The Los Gatos Public Library is located at 100 Villa Avenue, just off Main Street in the Town Civic Center.

Reading Buddies - Milpitas Library

Reading Buddies is a program where children read books aloud to pets, to help increase their confidence and reading ability. Interested children will sign up for the program at the library, first come, first serve. Pets of all types are encouraged; however, pets must be able to be calm for relatively long periods of time, maintaining a loose sit/stay or down/stay, while the child is reading to them and petting them. Pets with prior experience with children preferred. Pets that are easily distracted or not able to sit/stay or down/stay would probably not be good for this program. The visits will take place in a single large room, so all pets should be able to be in loose proximity to other pets. This is a brand-new program, and is so far proving to be great fun for all involved! This visit should be about an hour in length at the most, with two sessions of 'reading' to the pets.

Reading Buddies - Morgan Hill Library

Welcome to the Reading Buddies program at the Morgan Hill Library, a member of Santa Clara County Public Libraries. This library is conveniently located at 660 W. Main Ave. in Morgan Hill. Reading Buddies is a program where children read books aloud to pets, to help increase their confidence and reading ability. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 3:00PM for about an hour and the third Saturday of every third month at 2:00PM for bout an hour. The visits will take place in a single large room, so all pets should be able to be in loose proximity to other pets. Pets of all types are encouraged; however, pets must be able to be calm for relatively long periods of time, maintaining a loose sit/stay or down/stay, while the child is reading to them and petting them. Pets with prior experience with children preferred. Pets that are easily distracted or not able to sit/stay or down/stay would probably not be good for this program. All pets must attend and pass our Reading Buddies evaluation class. This program is a lot of fun for both the pets and the children involved, and very rewarding for the volunteers. Consider taking a Reading Buddies Evaluation Class, and sign up for one of these exciting Reading Buddies sites!

Reading Buddies - Salesian School

Salesian Elementary and Junior High School is located in the hills of beautiful Corralitos (about 15 minutes south on Hwy 1 from Santa Cruz). Salesian has 160 students, ranging from Kindergarteners to 8th graders. The students have excellent pet-tiquette as we have three dogs that live on campus. We also receive regular visits from our own Furry Friend, Maverick (who belongs to our 6th grade teacher and site captain, Mrs. Desrosier). As a Reading Buddy participant, you will work one-on-one with students who need encouragement with reading. We welcome dogs of all sizes, but they must be excellent around children and be able to sit/stay for long periods of time. All dogs must pass the Reading Buddies evaluation class and "meet" our on-campus dogs before they begin a site visit with the students. Our campus dogs are very friendly but they are off-leash and walk freely on the campus, so all visiting dogs must be able to interact with them. We encourage you to join our team as the children absolutely LOVE the visits and look forward to going to the library. Meet up with the team before the visit for a walk around our multi-acre cross country course! TB test and fingerprinting/background check required paperwork will be provided by site captain).

Reading Buddies - Santa Teresa Library

Reading Buddies is a program where children read books aloud to pets, to help increase their confidence and reading ability. Dogs of all sizes are encouraged, although we do already have a cat on the team. Dogs must be able to be calm for relatively long periods of time, maintaining a loose sit/stay or down/stay, while the child is reading to them and petting them. All pets must attend and pass our Reading Buddies evaluation class. Pets that are easily distracted or not able to sit/stay or down/stay would probably not be good for this program; all pets must also be able to tolerate both cats and dogs. The visit takes place in a children's area in the library. This visit usually runs an hour or so in length. This program is a lot of fun for both the pets and the children involved, and very rewarding for the volunteers. Consider taking a Reading Buddies Evaluation Class, and sign up for one of these exciting Reading Buddies sites!

Reading Buddies - Seven Trees Library

> Reading Buddies is a program where children read books aloud to pets, to help increase their confidence and reading ability. Dogs of all sizes are encouraged, and it is open to all types of pets. All pets must attend and pass our Reading Buddies evaluation class. The visit takes place in a children's area in the brand-new Seven Trees Library, and is upstairs so you and your pet will either have to take an elevator or go up stairs. This visit usually runs an hour or so in length. This program is a lot of fun for both the pets and the children involved, and very rewarding for the volunteers. Consider taking a Reading Buddies Evaluation Class, and sign up for one of these exciting Reading Buddies sites!

Reading Buddies - Willow Glen

The Willow Glen Reading Buddies is a program whereby children read books aloud to pets to help increase their confidence and reading ability. Interested children sign up for the program at the Willow Glen library on a first come, first serve basis. The visits will take place in the children's story time area, so all pets should be able to be in proximity to other pets and remain calm and quiet. The visits will be an hour in length, with two or three sessions of 'reading' to the pets. The Willow Glen Library is located at 1157 Minnesota Ave, San Jose.

Reading Buddies - Windsor Preschool Academy

Reading Buddies is a program where children read books aloud to pets, to help increase their confidence and reading ability. Pets must be able to be calm for relatively long periods of time, maintaining a loose sit/stay or down/stay, while the child is reading to them and petting them. All pets must attend and pass our Reading Buddies evaluation class. Windsor Preschool Academy is an applied research school with children from 1 to 5 years old; however, only 3 to 5 year olds who are reading or beginning to read will be participating in this program. ALL pets must be good with children younger than school age, for this site. This program is a lot of fun for both the pets and the children involved, and very rewarding for the volunteers. Consider taking a Reading Buddies Evaluation Class, and sign up for one of these exciting Reading Buddies sites!

Ronald McDonald House

Palo Alto Ronald McDonald House (520 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304) is a "home away from home" for families with critically ill children, who are being treated at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. There are 48 rooms at the house, which is almost always fully occupied, but it is hard to predict how many adults and/or children will be there at any given time, since they spend a lot of time at the hospital. The visits are outside on an enclosed patio. During inclement weather, we plan to move indoors and meet in a large communal area.

Roosevelt Community Center

The Roosevelt Community Center team meets from 11-12 on the second Saturdays at a beautiful new community center in San Jose. The Furry Friends team participates in a Saturday play program called Kinderfun, designed for children ages 3 to 12 with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders. The dogs are off leash in a large indoor playroom. The children pet the dogs, talk to them, walk them on leashes, and play low-key indoor fetching games. Sitting and shaking hands on command are popular. This site is fully accessible.

Santa Clara County Children's Shelter

This facility is a temporary home in San Jose for children of all ages, whose families are unable to care for them. This is an outdoor visit with a large team including many dogs of all sizes, as well as a cat or two. Properly controlled dogs may be allowed off leash at this site, to play fetch, etc. Dogs on this team must get along well with other dogs. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall

This is a facility for minors who are incarcerated. Volunteers are required to go through police screening procedures before their first visit. Our visits mostly take place outdoors with groups of youngsters and last about two hours. Typically about 12 volunteers attend each month. Active dogs often do well at this visit. Because many dogs are off leash and activity level is high, it is important that all pets be non aggressive, even in hectic situations, and that owners of small animals monitor them to avoid accidental injury.

San Jose Family Shelter

This facility is a temporary home in San Jose for families who are currently unable to afford housing in the area. The parents are working and/or going to school and live with their children at the shelter until they can save enough money for their own place. If you enjoy working with kids, this is the site for you! This is an outdoor visit with a small team of multi-generational human volunteers and both small and large dogs. We don't currently have any cats or bunnies at the site, but they would be very welcome. Properly controlled dogs may be allowed off leash at this site, to play fetch, etc. Dogs on this team must love children and get along well with other dogs.

San Tomas Convalescent Hospital

San Tomas Convalescent Hospital is a 130 bed skilled nursing home located on Payne Avenue and San Tomas Expressway in San Jose. Furry Friends has been visiting this site for many years. The residents are between the ages of 67 and 101. The facility encourages the visits since the residents need socialization due to their long term care needs. We have a dozen active volunteers with approximately 6 to 10 people visiting each month. The facility welcomes any type and size animal. Currently we have large, medium and small dogs of various breeds visiting. A few of the residents are in wheelchairs in the lobby or hallways when we arrive. A majority of the residents are in their beds, therefore the team splits up and goes to individual rooms to visit as many people as possible. The facility is very clean and the floors are always being polished when we arrive. We always accept new team members.

Saratoga Adult Day Care

This site has approximately 20 people and has an upbeat atmosphere. Everyone is in one large room, many in wheelchairs. The patients have daily projects. Everyone is happy to see the pets when we visit. We could use one or two more volunteers with pets.

Saratoga Retirement Community

This team of Furry Friends visits with residents in the Assisted Living Program at Saratoga Retirement Community. This is a modern facility located on beautiful park-like grounds in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Visits occur in a common area either indoors or outdoors as well as in residents’ rooms. Furry Friends may also visit the facility’s Special Care Unit, a 7-bed unit which cares for people with Alzheimer’s. This is an on-leash, dogs-only team out of respect for Monty, the resident cat. Residents and staff alike are warm and welcoming to all furry friends and their people. A Confidentiality Statement is required to be on file for all human volunteers.

Saratoga Sub-Acute Center

This is a residential home for children aged 0 - 21 with severe physical disabilities. Most are wheelchair bound. Smaller animals desired since they can be placed on laps or on beds within easy reach of the children. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have TB shots.

Sequoias Retirement Community

The Sequoias is a beautiful, sprawling retirement community in the Portola Valley foothills. Windy Hill Park soars up in the background and the trail behind the facility is a great place to walk the doggies after our visit. The older facility is in keeping with the surrounding countryside and blends in well. Furry Friends first visits the Health Center where some residents reside and others are in re-hab. We then visit the Gardens which is secured for dementia patients. After our main visit I wander up near the dining room and residents walking to lunch get so excited!! I can always hear someone calling out, "The dogs are here!" It's a happy day when Furry Friends comes to visit - the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Seton Medical Center - Coastside

Seton Medical Center Coastside, located in Moss Beach is a member of the Daughters of Charity Health System and has served the coastside community for almost 40 years. The facility offers skilled nursing care to 116 inpatient residents year-round. It also has the only Emergency Department on the coast between Daly City and Santa Cruz. Three outpatient clinics are available to the community: a lab, an X-Ray department, and physical, occupational and speech therapies. Staff members called associates are very excited about our Furry Friends Team visits and the joy they are sure the visits will bring to the residents. Dogs of any size will be welcome to the team. A limit of five dogs at a time would probably be appropriate. Visits will be in a group setting in the Fireside room as well as in individual visits to the rooms of the residents that are bed-bound. Check in at the front desk immediately inside the entrance upon arriving. The Furry Friends members are required to attend a special orientation session at Seton Coastside before becoming volunteers. Also an annual TB test is required."

San Jose HealthCare and Wellness Center

San Jose HealthCare and Wellness Center is a traditional skilled nursing/convalescent facility with 58 beds located near downtown San Jose with easy access to highways 87 and 280. This visit is open to dogs only.

Stonebrook Health and Rehabilitation

Stonebrook Health and Rehab is a premier skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility located in a pristine Los Gatos neighborhood. They have 73 beds and 61 full time residents. We meet in the main gathering area where most of the residents are doing various activities. They seemed to really enjoy our visit and would like more dogs/animals to visit them. The staff is very welcoming and helpful with anything we need.

Sunny View Retirement Community

Sunny View is a lovely retirement community in Cupertino. Team members can join the visits once or twice a month as your schedule permits. We currently have a variety of large and small dogs on the team. No special medical tests are required for Furry Friends, so you only need to sign basic forms. Sunny View is conveniently located off Highway 85 and Stevens Creek, and the seniors and staff there welcome us with open arms. The facility is charming and freshly renovated, with lovely gardens and a fountain courtyard. Our Furry Friends visit two areas at Sunny View. Our first 45 minutes are spent in a large common area of the assisted living section, visiting with typically 10-20 residents who look forward to our visits so much that they thank us with poems and cards. This is a fun time with our dogs performing tricks and even taking turns retrieving a ball indoors (to keep elderly arms in shape!), and of course talking with these active seniors while they enjoy petting the animals. The last 15 minutes are in the skilled nursing/Alzheimer's unit visiting residents in a common room and then private rooms as time allows. Most of the seniors in this area have serious medical challenges, so Furry Friends visits really brighten their days!

Sunnyside Gardens

Sunnyside Gardens in Sunnyvale is a residential care facility providing care to elderly residents. The facility has an Assisted Living Unit and has an Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Unit. Most residents are frail, but mobile, some use wheelchairs and walkers. The residents enjoy the pet visits and look forward to our visits. They like to pet and talk about the animals. We visit in a group with the residents in the Alzheimers/Dementia Unit. We also visit in a group with assisted living residents. There are a few residents that we visit on a one-to-one basis. Dogs are leashed for the visit.

Sunshine Villa

Sunshine Villa visits in the common areas and in the Alzheimer's unit downstairs. We probably see 15 - 20 residents in the Villa, and approx. between 6 - 10 patients in the Alzheimer's wing. We currently have 4 active team members. We have 3 large dogs and one small dog. We could use some smaller animals on the team.

The Terraces at Los Altos (Medical Unit)

The Terraces is a very nice nursing home. The residents are mostly mobile, some in wheelchairs, others have a walker. You can visit in a group in the recreation room and go to visit the residents in their rooms. The rooms vary in size from one to three residents. They love animals of all sizes. The staff is very welcoming.

Valley House Rehabilitation Center

Valley House Rehabilitation Center is an extended care facility located in the city of Santa Clara. It is somewhere between a full hospital and a traditional nursing home, and the patients you will meet run the gamut from elderly, long term residents, to shorter term patients recovering from surgery or injuries. The Furry Friends team assembles in the lobby and is escorted around the facility by a member of the activities staff. We typically start by visiting with groups of patients in the day rooms or exercise areas, and these patients are active and mobile. The Furry Friends team will then visit, along with the staff member, the individual rooms of patients who are confined to their beds. For these visits the smaller dogs would usually be held, and the larger dogs asked to sit on a chair, next to the bed where the patients can reach them. Canines only please, although dogs of any size are welcome.

Valley Medical Center Pediatric Ward

This is an indoor site in San Jose with children ages 1-16. We meet in a very small play room. Volunteers move from client to client or the clients come to the pets. No visits occur in individual rooms. Everyone is in close proximity to each other and all clients. Pets should be on the calm side. At this time the team will be limited to 4 pets. We will create a substitute list when a regular member is unable to attend. All animals must be on leash at all times.

Valley Medical Center Spinal Cord and Head Trauma Wards

This is an indoor site in San Jose with adult clients who are brought to a large room in wheelchairs. Volunteers move from client to client. No visits occur in individual rooms. The dogs are in close proximity so dogs must get along with humans and other dogs. Any cats must be comfortable being carried or on a lap with many dogs close by. All animals must be on leash at all times.

VI Palo Alto

VI Palo Alto is a facility in Palo Alto, near the intersection of Sand Hill Road and Plum Lane, across from the Stanford Shopping Center. Furry Friends visits are on the first Saturday of each month, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, and take place in three areas of the facility: Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Memory Support. The team goes around as a group and spends about 20 minutes in each area. The team meets outside the entrance to the Assisted Living building, or right inside the lobby if it is raining. Parking is limited; extra parking is available across the street at Stanford Shopping Center.

Vintage Silver Creek

Vintage Silver Creek is an independent and assisted living facility in San Jose. This visit is broken up into two sections: memory care and independent living. We spend 30 minutes visiting with each group, which consists of around 8 people in memory care and around 12 in the main section. This is one of Furry Friends’ newest locations and the residents are responding very well to our visits! Each time we have a couple more residents join in on the fun. We hope you can join us!

Vista Manor Nursing Facility

Vista Manor Nursing Facility is a 100 bed facility in San Jose located behind Regional Medical Center (formerly Alexian Brothers Hospital). The team visits a group of 12 - 15 people in wheelchairs in a large activity room first; then we visit people in their rooms who are interested in seeing the dogs. We also visit the physical therapy room if it is being used. Dogs remain on leash for this visit; dogs or cats of any size are welcome!!

Westgate Villa

Westgate Villa is an assisted living that was formerly associated with Villa Fontana. The team meets in the main gathering room. Generally, the guests number about 10 to 15, but it can be more or fewer as other activities dictate. These people greatly appreciate and welcome the pets. Many of these people had to give up their own animals to move into Westgate, and the loving attention of a furry friend brings them great joy.