Fall Edition 2019
Updates and Happenings
Celebrating 10 Years of Canine Magic
Pet Therapy Teams Called into Action
During the month of October, multiple community needs arose, and C.A.T. pet therapy teams were ready to provide assistance. Boca Town Center Mall contacted C.A.T. immediately following a suspected mall shooting, and teams quickly rose to the call - with over 17 therapy dogs deployed the next day. After an investigation, it was determined that there was not an active shooter at the mall.

Canine Assisted Therapy partnered with Brightline for World Mental Health Day. Travelers who visited a South Florida Brightline Station on October 8th and 10th met some therapy pups. Did you know the trains are dog-friendly? Thanks to CBS 12 News and WLRN for highlighting the work of our therapy dog teams.
Boca Town Center
Thanks to All Who Supported A Magical Affair! 

Over 160 guests and sponsors came out to support Canine Assisted Therapy's 10 year anniversary gala presented by special title sponsor Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd!

The Flagship Room was transformed into a magic-themed venue complete with smoking magic potions, magician, tarot card reader and magic-mirror photo station. Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky and MSD parent Lisa Olson were special guest speakers.

Popular live auction items included a ride on the famous Goodyear Blimp, a 7-night
Royal Caribbean European cruise, and an all-inclusive trip to Memphis with accommodations at the Peabody Hotel.

Proceeds tallied nearly $70,000 and will benefit C.A.T.'s ongoing therapy programs. Thanks to the many sponsors, donors, and volunteers who made this event a success!

A very special thank you to our Grand Illusionist Title Sponsor, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. , and our Wizard Sponsors Ernst & Young and the Wayne Berger Family Foundation.

Ernst & Young guests mesmerized by magician
Royal Caribbean enjoying the raffle drawing
Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky
Mingling for a Mission!
Love to socialize, meet new people and have fun?
Help support the work of therapy dogs!
Canine Assisted Therapy's new group of professionals is for you! This social auxiliary club will give you the opportunity to meet new people, have fun, volunteer, raise funds for a good cause, and develop philanthropic leadership skills!

Expand your social circle while doing good!
  • Connect with peers and develop life-long friendships
  • Plan a fun event/experience
  • Build relationships within the community
  • Raise money to support the organization's mission

Help us name the group at our first mixer/meeting, Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 6:00PM at the C.A.T. office (1040 NE 45th St, Oakland Park). RSVP by calling 954-990-5175 or email info@catdogs.org.
Organization Recognized by Local Government
In honor of Canine Assisted Therapy's 10 year anniversary, the  Broward County Board of County Commissioners  presented volunteers and staff a Proclamation naming October 25th - Canine Assisted Therapy Day in Broward County!

In June, C.A.T. was also recognized by the City of Parkland. City Commissioners acknowledged their appreciation for the services provided to the Parkland community.
We Do Corporate Stress Relief!
Canine Assisted Therapy provides corporate pet therapy stress relief visits to your workplace. Our therapy dogs enjoy the visits almost as much as the employees!

Some of our newest corporate stress relief locations include Citrix, Miami Edition Hotel, European Wax Center Headquarters and Green Roads - where we were invited to be part of the launch of their pet division!

Considerable research has shown that when people interact with pets, their level of cortisol (the stress hormone) decreases, while endorphins (the happiness hormone) increase, which makes pet therapy in the workplace such a healthy idea. 

Lower stress = greater performance and better employee morale!  Contact our office today to set up a workplace visit !
Panthers Players and Pups Strike a Pose  
The Florida Panthers Foundation and Canine Assisted Therapy teamed up for a 2020 'Cats & Dogs' Calendar. All proceeds from this unique collectible will benefit the Florida Panthers Foundation and Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc . Calendars can be purchased for $20 at all home games!

Meet Our Newest Board Member
Phil McNally
After a long career in the banking industry, Phil McNally retired from Paradise Bank where he served as Area President. Phil served as chairman of Communities in Schools for over 15 years, chairman of four charter schools serving the inner cities, and a host of other organizations focused primarily on literacy and education. 

Phil received the national YMCA award for volunteer services, and was also recognized by the Department of Juvenile Justice for a job training program for inner-city youth. During his long career in South Florida, Phil has also held the position of vice-chair of the Broward College Foundation and sat on the executive board of the Port Everglades Association.
C.A.T. in the News
Neighbors of Victoria Park & The Isles
The November issue of Neighbors of Victoria Park & The Isles magazine shares insights about the organization's origin, operations, breadth of services, and the significant role C.A.T. continues to play in helping to heal those affected by the mass-shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018.
Spreading Paw-sitivity with Lulu and Patches
In the September 2019 Mental Health issue of Lariat, C.A.T. pet therapy volunteers Emily Aaron and her mother Tiffany, talk about their journey to help those in need through their two certified therapy pets - Lulu, a 3-legged Greyhound; and Patches, their therapy pig!
Grant Update
Thanks to these organizations for their generous contributions to Canine Assisted Therapy during the 3rd quarter of 2019! 
Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc.