Our heroes don't wear capes, they wear collars.
The Secondhand Hope program has volunteers bring their pet dog or cat to assisted living communities, like nursing homes or group homes. That's the plan; these are the effects:
The Hope animals make people healthier: Residents of these communities have improved physical, mental, and emotional health from engaging with the Hope animals. We have continued providing these benefits during the pandemic - with alterations to keep everyone safe - because the residents need us now more than ever.
The Hope animals prove how valuable rescue animals are: An animal doesn't need a fancy pedigree to improve lives. We put rescue animals in front of delicate people and their lives are made better. The actions are simple; the effects are profound.
We're expanding into the neighborhood: As a part of the Twin Cities metro area, we have a responsibility to do our share in making the Twin Cities better for everyone, especially our Black and Indigenous neighbors. The Hope animals will bring their same healing benefits to people doing the hard work of making the Twin Cities a great place for everyone. Think of it as heroes supporting heroes.
Want to see some Hope animals in action? Click here to watch a brief documentary on the Hope program.
Many of our phenomenal Hope animals will be bouncing, bounding, or shuffling along during the Bark in Your Park event. We hope you'll support them and the Secondhand Hope program as they continue to make the world a bit better, one tail wag at a time.