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Press Release – November 5, 2012

WorldCause Foundation Provides Grant to Canine Assisted Therapy

Canine Assisted Therapy

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – November 5th,2012 - WorldCause Foundation is proud to announce its recent presentation of a grant to Canine Assisted Therapy, one of seven South Florida charities who will benefit from WorldCause Foundations local grant giving initiative.

Canine Assisted Therapy, founded in 2009, provides a network of qualified, dependable, caring therapy teams committed to delivering a therapeutic benefit through the use of dogs to both children and adults who need comfort, companionship, or the unconditional love that only a dog can provide. Canine Assisted Therapy provides programs that help many different individuals with unique needs. These include:

Canine Assisted TherapyAnimal assisted activities, which enhance the quality of life and support educational programs in environments such as special needs daycare, retirement homes or reading intervention programs.

Animal Assisted Therapy, which utilizes specially trained teams to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive or emotional goals with patients.

Pack Readers, helps children build reading skills under the attentive ear of a canine companion.

Dogs Healing Hearts provides teams to work with children and adults who are experiencing grief, may be seriously ill or have a loved one who is seriously ill. Through a combination of therapeutic and fun activities individuals are able to learn new ways to cope and begin their healing.

In addition to these programs, Canine Assisted Therapy coordinates the efforts of more than 100 volunteer teams which include dogs and owners, and partners to provide services to more than 75 schools, nursing homes, hospice, assisted living facilities and hospitals in Broward, Miami/Dade and Palm Beach Counties.

WorldCause Foundations support will assist Canine Assisted Therapy in reaching their goal of introducing hundreds of new volunteers to the agency's mission, allowing the organization to reach out to non-traditional volunteers in helping with new programs. These programs include:

Ann Storck Center Pet Therapy, which provides individuals with severe and multiple developmental disabilities the opportunity to interact with dogs and volunteers to improve range of motion and motor skills, increased focus and improved emotional state. Sessions with participants may include activities as simple as playing fetch with a dog but achieves remarkable results in dexterity and communication skills.

Dogs Healing Hearts program, which includes partnership with organizations such as Gilda's Club South Florida and Hospice by the Sea, the B.A.R.K. Program which teaches children about Behavior, Affection Responsibility and Kindness towards animals and C.A.T. Senior Corps, an interactive program encouraging elderly residents to interact with dogs in training.

WorldCause Foundation is grateful to have provided Canine Assisted Therapy with this grant, and would like to thank them for providing our organization with a tour of their facilities.

More information on Canine Assisted Therapy's programs can be seen by visiting www.catdogs.org.