2014 Pet Hero Award Winner - David Frei, Angel On A Leash,
Special Achievement Award
Angel On A Leash, founded by David Frei, began as a charitable activity of the Westminster Kennel Club in 2004, creating and administering a therapy dog program at the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in the city.
Angel On A Leash is creating a pilot program at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago that will serve as a model for therapy dog programs for Shriners Hospitals across the country.
In 2007, Angel On A Leash became an independent 501(c)(3) charity and continued to expand across the country.
Angel On A Leash champions working with therapy dogs in health care facilities, schools, rehabilitation, hospice, extended care, correctional facilities and crisis intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and service, Angel On A Leash promotes the role of the human-canine bond in enhancing human health and quality of life.
Today, Angel administers the therapy dog program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the Fisher House at the Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Ronald McDonald Houses in Memphis (at St. Jude) and Milwaukee (at CHW), and Southampton Hospital.
Angel also has agreements with four other partners: Mid South Therapy Dogs (MSTD) of Memphis, Intermountain Therapy Animals of Salt Lake City, Animal Medical Center of New York City, and the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators' Consortium (POETIC). MSTD sends teams to approximately 40 facilities in the Greater Memphis area. ITA has developed a successful and widely-implemented animal assisted therapy program called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.). Animal Medical Center is a national leader in medical care for companion animals, and also world renowned for its outstanding teaching and research in the field of veterinary medicine. POETIC is composed of ten large academic medical centers in North America with emphasis on comprehensive cancer care and research.
Angel On A Leash has been very involved in projects around the country, but especially in its home base of New York City. Overseeing and recruiting for training classes and workshops, participating with booths at public events, support of local charities, and much more give Angel great visibility and credibility in pursuing its mission, in New York and elsewhere.
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