Therapy Animals of San Antonio

Bringing People and Animals Together for Healing

Jeanne Melendez and PaxJeanne Melendez and Pax

February 2017 - Meet the Team

When did you and Pax become a team? - Pax and I became a team in 2014, but were unable to serve much at that time. 2016 was a very busy year and continues to be so this year.

What other partners have you had? - This is my first therapy animal.

In what type of facility are you visiting? - We have gone from visiting one unit to three units at the Krier Center every Friday. In addition, we visit the Juvenile Detention Center on Mission Rd once a month. The girls in those facilities love to braid Pax's tail. Every other Monday we visit Grace Place downtown. This is an Alzheimer's day care and he makes those wonderful people smile. Second and fourth Saturdays we visit TruCare Living Center in Selma. Here we visit bedridden patients as well as those able to get around in wheel chairs. I am always overwhelmed at how much it means to them when we visit. They are comforted by Pax's soft ears and head.

In what other Therapy Animals activities do you and your partner participate? - This is a challenging schedule for Pax, now 10 years old, and for me at nearly 80, so we don't usually participate in other organized activities.

Tell us something about your partner that we may not know. - Pax is amazingly resilient and loves all dogs and people, but his favorite activity is sleeping on the couch or playing with our rowdy cattle dog Dot.

What Therapy Animals leadership position(s) do you currently have? - None.

What other leadership positions have you had? - None.

Tell us something about yourself that we may not know. - I have been president of several organizations, but now prefer to be just a silent supporter. I enjoy planning events and try to help TASA in that way with Animal Crackers and the yearly meeting. I am a retired educator and mathematics education consultant.