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Dog and Pet Therapy Volunteer Receive Award

Jim Papenfuss and Prince

For the first time ever, a four-legged volunteer and his owner received Ascension’s quarterly High Five award.

Jim Papenfuss and his loyal Golden Doodle, Prince, also received accolades from State Senator Ron Johnson’s office and the Oshkosh City Mayor.  In addition, this dynamic duo was featured on a local TV news station (watch the video).

Jim and Prince provide pet therapy at Mercy Medical Center, Affinity Home Health, and Bethel home among many other Oshkosh area agencies.  At Mercy alone the pair has given over 400 hours of service to our patients, visitors and staff.

“Big ball of cotton candy”

Jim has been involved with pet therapy for the past 18 years. He and Prince enjoy interacting with others and cheering up those in need. Prince, also known as “Jim’s big ball of cotton candy,” loves working with everyone at the hospital, exhibiting kindness and love.

Mercy Medical Center is fortunate enough to have this dynamic duo that are always bringing smiles and joy to everyone around them.

Volunteer Spotlight Jim+ prince 6-9-15

Looking for ways to get involved in your community?

Mercy Medical Center has volunteer openings! Volunteers enjoy directing visitors, transporting patients, running errands, and many other tasks including providing patients’ socialization rehab through animal therapy.

If you are interested in joining the volunteer team at Mercy, please visit our website http://www.affinityhealth.org/volunteer to apply online or contact Mercy Medical Center Volunteer Services at (920) 223-0225.

Interested in pet therapy?

For those specifically interested in pet therapy, after applying online your dog must meet the standards set by Therapy Dog Inc., which includes being a friendly, well-behaved dog of at least one year of age. For more information on testing and qualifications, please contact therapydogsinc@qwestoffice.net.

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