PAWS for People, a Delaware-based non-profit volunteer pet therapy organization, will host its fourth annual Winter Conference at the Delaware School for the Deaf, 630 East Chestnut Hill Road, in Newark, on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This year's conference, entitled "Sit, Stay & Learn: Lessons for People & Pets," is designed for all pet owners, pet lovers, and anyone interested in learning more about the world of pet therapy. Highlighting the day will be keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Rosen of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, who will discuss various aspects of creating a healing environment to better treat and support patients and their families. Dr. Rosen was recently named one of the "First 100 Innovators" by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The conference includes a series of workshops offered by experts on topics ranging from pet training and behavior to nutrition, grooming and communication. Additional sessions will be offered to those seeking certification in disaster preparedness, PAWS for Reading, and PAWS Master's program. Vendors will also be present.
"With a focus on the interests and needs of the everyday pet owner, this conference will have broad appeal," stated Lynne Robinson, executive director, PAWS for People. "And, because there are so many interesting and informative workshops scheduled, it will be easy for people to find a session that is meaningful to them."
Attendees can pre-register through Feb. 15 at a cost of $35. After that, the cost is $40. PAWS members receive a discount. Lunch is included with the cost of registration.
For more information on the individual workshops and to register on-line, visit www.pawsforpeople.org or call 351-5622.