Fri 7 June 2019
This week marks a special milestone for one of Delta Society’s team with our General Manager, Hollee James celebrating 17 years with the organisation. Hollee has seen the growth of Delta alongside Australia’s love for their pets and an increase in the understanding of the importance of educating pet owners and dog trainers about the value positive-rewards based training.
We asked Hollee to reflect on her time with Delta Society and what motivates her to be a part of Australia’s leading therapy dog service in the not-for-profit sector. “I think of myself as an enabler and this is why I get such great satisfaction from working at Delta. On those mornings when it’s difficult to get up because it’s cold or just a lot of effort, I think of the fact if I don’t then people don’t get to see our beautiful dogs and people. It’s what motivates me.”
When Hollee joined Delta Society she brought with her a background in finance and a talent for seeing the potential for growth. It helps that she is deeply committed to education and learning and this has seen the expansion of Delta to a national organisation. “There are so many moments that are special that I just can’t pinpoint one. I think for me it is about how many friendships I have made. I have such a great team beside me, including Millie & Murphy; my four legged friends who share the same passion as I do. Our pets make life that little bit better on those days. Thank you all for the opportunity to be in your lives.”
Tue 22 January 2019
We’re publishing a new book and it’s all about our wonderful Delta Therapy Dogs and their experiences. We are proud to partner with Pan MacMillan to publish the book in the Spring/Summer of 2019.
We are collecting stories, photographs, and artwork that tells the story about your life changing experience of working with, meeting, and experiencing the magic of Delta Therapy Dogs.
Mon 31 December 2018
As the ‘storm season’ and summer celebrations continue it is helpful to know of some practical tips that can help to calm your dog who may experience noise-induced stress.
Tue 6 February 2018
Dogs have been part of our lives as pets for at least 12,000 years. Over that time their role has encompassed everything from protection and security, to garbage disposal, a heating system, and of course, providing companionship. And while the bond between humans and dogs has always been there, it is now even more widely accepted.
Tue 30 January 2018
Being showered in affection by a four-legged friend can make almost anyone smile, but its perks go far beyond that for some.
Wed 17 January 2018
Australia is a nation of animal lovers and, with 62% of us counting a companion animal as a member of the family, we have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. Last year it was estimated that there were more than 24 million pets in Australia – equaling the number of people!
Mon 1 January 2018
Are you interested in finding out how to get your dog involved with Delta?
Pet therapy not only brings so many rewards to the people you visit but also to you & your dog.
8 year old old english sheepdog, Maicee loves visiting her friends at Quakers Hill Nursing Home each week. Her owner, Caroline gets to spend some quality time with her whilst giving back to their local community.
Fri 17 February 2017
Join us on Tuesday 7 March from 11am-3pm
Parramatta Centenary Square - Memorial Gates
Do you need to Paws the Pressure? Come along & meet the Delta therapy dogs!
Make some new four-legged friends and learn more about volunteering with your dog.
Do you think your workplace needs some furry companions - book in a Paws the Pressure therapy dog visit for employee health & wellbeing.
If you're a dog lover, you can also find out more information about training courses and education seminars.
This is a free event, open to everyone.
Wed 23 November 2016
Thousands of therapy dogs and their owners will join together around Australia on 25th November to celebrate Delta Society Australia’s 20th birthday and the remarkable bond between dogs and people.
Fri 29 April 2016
BaRK is a free eight-week program run by Lake Macquarie City Library to assist reluctant readers. Children practice reading aloud on a one-to-one basis to one of our therapy dogs.
3 year old Australian Shepherd, Spyro began visiting Toronto Library in July 2015 as part of the BaRK Program and has achieved some remarkable results!
Spyro's owner, Alison tells their story "In this picture Spyro is sitting with Jeremy who has been into the program twice! His mum now wants him to do it again next term for the third time, and basically it’s because he has improved his vocabulary and reading skills so much so that his teacher phoned his mum to remark on his improvement. Prior to BaRK, Jeremy HATED reading and basically refused to read. He wouldn’t join in the school reading group and would muck-up and disrupt the class. The first time he came to the library, he had a complete tantrum as he didn’t want to read and HATED the library. During his first visit to the BaRK program, Jeremy had a tantrum was tear-streaked and mulish, he refused a chair & sat down on the floor.
And then Spyro came over and introduced herself. I let him feed her some treats so she could shake hands with him, and before long he was giggling and cuddling her. He then sat with me, read a book, and week after week his comprehension improved. He became eager to read harder books and in some sessions we burn through two books, all the while he laughs and cuddles Spyro.
So we’ve gone from a child who refused to read and hated anything to do with reading, to now being advanced so far in his school’s literacy levels that his teacher phoned his mum to express her shock and happiness in his improvement. He told his mum now that he will only read as long as he can see Spyro, and they’ve formed quite a bond. When he is reading and not fidgeting, she lays down and sleeps next to him (often ON him) . But when he is being fidgety and distracted Spyro gets up and ignores him which he HATES, so he starts reading again and Spyro settles down again next to him.
Other children find Spyro very relaxing (she is the most mellow Australian Shepherd you could ever meet) and very gentle with the timid children. All of the children have improved over the 8 week program, and all of them are enthusiastic each week to spend their special time with their very own Delta dog (and often have photos taken with her to take to school for show and tell!)".
Sun 20 March 2016
All Delta Therapy Dogs are amazing in their capacity to bring love and light to their human ‘clients’ and many live double lives and have hidden talents like Rosie, canine star of Townsville Choral Society’s recent production of the much loved musical Annie. Rosie showed her exceptional temperament and adaptability to do a fantastic job as Sandy the much loved stray that Annie the orphan befriends.
Her owner Sally-Ann explained “Rosie was required to do such things as run onto stage on her own, sit on her own centre stage with the spotlight on her while Annie walks away from her to talk to the dog catcher, not come when she was called the first couple of times and then respond on the 3rd call and to exit the stage on her own during a scene that the actors on stage mostly moved off in the opposite direction. With a little training, Rosie took all this in her stride and actually seemed to love the limelight! An instant hit every time she made her entrance, there was a big ‘awww’ from the audience too which her tail would wag furiously as if she knew it was for her. She also seemed to just love sitting centre stage and surveying the crowd – who I am sure she thought were all there just to love and applaud her!
Being a star did bring extra benefits - Rosie was the only actor in the show to have a dressing room of her own, she was featured in an article in the local paper and even had a segment on the local news. I am happy to report that the brush with fame has not gone to Rosie’s head at all – she is now happily settling back into her usual routine of sitting under my desk as I work and visiting her school on a weekly basis where she is a much loved Delta Classroom Canine. Rosie’s bio is in the program and made note of her work with Delta Therapy Dogs and the Choral Society made a generous donation to Delta Society as Rosie’s appearance fee. We have since been approached to see if Rosie would like to be in other acting or endorsement roles but we have decided that her Delta work and her role as man’s best friend occupies enough of her time”.
Fri 19 February 2016
Our fantastic volunteers and their wonderful dogs celebrated in style at the Hillsborough Dog Training facility. To kick off the festivities – some fun games! Fastest sitter – that’s dog … not owner! A water relay race with dogs & owners carrying water. After much laughter & tactical moves, the winning team were those who spilt the least water.
After all the doggy fun and a beautiful lunch, awards were presented for 2, 4, 6 and 8 years of service as a Delta Dog. A long service award was presented to Leonie Crowder and Jasper who completed 10 years of service. Well done Leonie and Jasper! Another special award was presented to Val Day and her three therapy dogs, Quis, Morse & Twice. Val was the recipient of the Team Excellence Award for her long service to Delta Therapy Dogs.
Then it was time for our 15th anniversary celebration! To mark the occasion a beautiful cake was made by the niece of one of our volunteers. Pam Withers, branch coordinator spoke of the achievements of Hunter-Newcastle branch and the cake was cut by Pam and Val, both inaugural members of the Branch.
A great day was had by all. We would like to thank all our past and present therapy dog volunteers and your wonderful dogs for helping make the branch a success and for providing pet therapy to those who need it most.
Fri 5 February 2016
We had a fantastic day with 4 of our therapy dogs undertaking Classroom Canines training in our Sydney office.
With thanks to CBA Summer Hill we are running a trial to introduce Classroom Canines to the Sydney region. This innovative Delta program concentrates on children that have difficulites reading.
Each volunteer and their dog will listen to children read, help them with any difficulties, encourage engagement between child and dog and most importantly, look forward to hearing how they have improved each week.
We're sure the kids will love these beautiful therapy dogs!
Sun 3 January 2016
Our official launch in Martin Place Sydney was a huge success! What a great day we had meeting so many people, spreading pet therapy throughout the city. Best of all, our therapy dogs were showered with lots of pats and cuddles.
All our branches now offer therapy dog visits to workplaces. So if your office is in need of some four legged fun, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed 23 December 2015
Wishing you all the best for the festive season.
Our office will be closed from 24 December 2015 and re-open on 4 January 2016
Wed 23 December 2015
The Delta Team Excellence Award for the Devonport branch has been awarded to Joanne Cox and her red kelpie x great dane, Sammy.
Jo and Sammy have been Delta volunteers since 2012. Jo is our Devonport Coordinator's right hand person. She is available for assisting at all of the Devonport assessment days and is the fantastic instigator of many Delta events especially in the Ulverstone area.
Jo is also a keen photographer and volunteers her skills to photograph the Devonport teams for their ID badges and also for the Delta Devonport yearly Christmas calendar.
Thank you Jo & Sammy for all your time & dedication to Delta
Wed 23 December 2015
Our therapy dogs paraded in style at our volunteer Christmas party!
Mon 21 December 2015
The Delta Team Excellence Award for the Melbourne branch has been awarded to John Wilson and his golden retriever, Hugo.
John and Hugo have been visiting the Royal Melbourne Hospital for 11 years. They have journeyed into the heart of the city each fortnight, navigating busy traffic and further navigating the corridors and various wards of one of Melbourne's biggest teaching hospitals to provide comfort to patients and staff.
John has also attended many hours of additional volunteer training provided by the hospital and in keeping with their protocol. John has done a wonderful job keeping the Delta flag flying at RMH for the past 11 years.
Congratulations to John & the recently retired, Hugo.
Tue 15 December 2015
The Delta Team Excellence Award for the Brisbane branch has been awarded to Geoff Brannon and his standard poodle, Pluto.
Geoff has been instrumental in arranging a very successful fundraiser with the Masonic Lodge and he assists at as many fundraising events and assessment days as his social schedule allows....which lucky for us, has been almost all of them this year! Even if his dog is not suited for a shopping centre event, he is still there without Pluto to assist. All day long too!!
Congratulations to Geoff & Pluto and a big thank you for all your support and hard work!
Fri 11 December 2015
The Delta Team Excellence Award for the Geelong branch has been awarded to Kath Phillips and her toy poodle x shih tzu, Banjo.
Kath joined the Delta Geelong branch in 2004 and was determined to set up the therapy dogs program in Ballarat. Always optimistic, she worked tirelessly to build the program and we now have at least 30 facilities in the Ballarat and outlying regions.
Kath has volunteered with three fantastic therapy dogs – Larnie, Banjo and Tigger and has brought joy to many, many people. A big thank you and congratulations to Kath who has worked tirelessly for Delta and has achieved great things during her time with us.