Canine Assisted Therapy and Chatworth at PGA Palm Beach Gardens Florida
Canine Assisted Therapy, (C.A.T.), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in August of 2009 to address the need of companionship for those in schools, nursing homes, hospice, assisted living, and hospitals. Since the inception of the organization detailed background checks have been performed on all C.A.T. volunteers; no other dog certification organizations in Broward and Palm Beach counties have been so diligent.
After August 1st these other organizations and the organizations that invite volunteers into their facilities, may lose their licensure because the new law requires that people who care for children, the elderly, and disabled in Florida undergo stricter background screening requirements.
The law which passed unanimously by the Legislature this past session was signed by Gov. Charlie Crist