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Ruth Sapp
Worked at University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Attended Tusculum College
Lives in Knoxville, TN
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Since my dream of living in Tuscany doesn't seem likely to come true anytime soon, I try to spend my time making where I am a better place to be.

For most of my professional life, I've been involved in social work and non-profit management including work with at-risk teens, recruiting and training foster parents and providing training for my fellow social workers.

Since 2008, I've been fortunate to work as the East Tennessee coordinator for Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (H.A.B.I.T.), a program of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine devoted to exploring the therapeutic use of the human-animal bond. In everyday language, we recruit people to volunteer with their pets (dogs, cats and rabbits) to visit nursing homes, hospitals, veterans homes and other facilities where the interaction of people and our animal friends would be helpful.

Much of my work revolves around expanding our programs throughout the region and in expanding our school reading program, Ruff Readers, where school children get to spend one-on-one time reading to volunteer dogs in the classroom. It is a great way for children to get excited about reading, while also building self-esteem.

My home is at capacity with rescued animals at this point (2 cats, 3 dogs and 1 husband), so I'm not adopting any more for a while. I do, however, like to spend time helping to draw attention to the causes of animal welfare and occasionally have time to volunteer in projects such as pet transports delivering shelter animals to second chances in other parts of the country.

I enjoy activities such as hiking, camping, gardening and attending live music festivals.

My husband, Shane Rhyne, is far more involved in social media than I am, but I'm looking forward to exploring the potential here to meet and connect with others here who also share an interest in making our local worlds better places to be.
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Recently lost 150 pounds and working hard to continue making myself healthy
  • Tusculum College
    Organizational Management, 2004 - 2006
  • University of Tennessee
    Social Work, 1989 - 1992
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East Tennessee Coordinator for Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (H.A.B.I.T.)
  • University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital
    East Tennessee Program Coordinator for Human Animal Bond in Tennessee
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Knoxville, TN


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New HABIT volunteers at Fairpark Health Care Center in Maryville:  Lorna Keathley and her shelter rescue Tipsy.  Tipsy doesn't love the camera but she loves people.
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Shane Rhyne shared this post on how pets can improve your physical and mental health. It's a good introduction to the topic of pet therapy.
Our breeder, Hamish, joined Dr. Iyengar on Daytime to talk about the healing power of pets. He's quite the ham (pun intended)!
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If you've always thought that your pet is so loving and well-behaved that you'd like to share him with others....Don't forget the HABIT Information Meeting coming up this weekend, February 18; doors open at 9:30 and meeting starts at 10 a.m. Spend Saturday morning learning how you can volunteer with your dog, cat, or rabbit.
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I've had several good experiences shopping at The Clothes Studio. The clothing is current with a great range of sizes. The jewelry is attention getting and reasonably priced. I commented that my undergarments weren't doing all they could, and the salesperson was able to fit me for a bra that has changed my mind about what bras should be. It's worth stopping in to see what they have this week; they get new clothing items all the time. They're really excited to see their customers look their best and help you put together an outfit.
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The library is a beautiful and inviting space. The staff are eager to engage with the students and the community to provide a great experience for all types of visitors. The library is modern and offers students access to creative spaces, study spaces, and attention to details like white noise in the quiet areas. They offer innovative services like pet therapy for the students and staff to reduce stress throughout the year. A real asset to UTC and the UT system.
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