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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Unknown

Mission: The mission of Pet Partners is to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond.

Results: In 2016, Pet Partners has already accomplished so much. A few examples include: two new and innovative webinars: Canine Body Language and Infection Control; an endorsement from Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA); 20 practicums to train evaluators who help determine if prospective volunteers are eligible to become a therapy animal team; 1,766 new teams registered as of August 2016; and ongoing support of our 14,000 therapy animal teams across the U.S.

Target demographics: Our therapy animal program serves all people, but our teams most commonly visit patients at hospitals, residents at nursing homes, students at schools of all levels, and children at libraries.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2015, Pet Partners had 14,000 registered therapy animal teams across the United States who brought comfort and healing to those who need it most.

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: Pet Partners demonstrates the human health benefits associated with the Human Animal Bond through animal-assisted interactions. Our almost 14,000 registered therapy animal teams visit in hospitals, retirement communities, hospice, libraries and other venues. Pet Partners is committed to an innovative approach to program development not only to have the best prepared and supported therapy animal teams, but to also bring the health benefits of the Human Animal Bond to more people. Pet Partners' Therapy Animal Program trains and screens volunteers and their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, and other facilities. The Pet Partners program was established in 1990 to ensure that "both ends of the leash," people as well as animals, were well-prepared to participate in animal-assisted activity and therapy programs. Pet Partners is the only therapy animal organization that requires volunteers to reevaluate every two years, ensuring the safety, knowledge, and welfare of the animal, handler, and client. Most domesticated species can qualify to be an animal partner with their handler. While dogs make up the largest number of teams, we also register teams with cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, mini-horses, bird, llamas, pot-bellied pigs and others.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I am trying to become a volunteer for this organization. I am rating this three stars, but with the potential to increase, but at this time, I have found my experience frustrating and confusing, with little resources or help to point me in the right direction.

I am trying to get my dog certified as a Pet Partners therapy dog. I am over a year and a few hundred dollars into this process. The Pet Partners website isn't very clear on what the steps are to go through this, much of it is figuring it out on your own. I took the CGC test to enroll my dog in the therapy dog class, did well in the class according to my instructor. The test is independent of the class, but it's nearly impossible to find someone to administer the evaluation. The Pet Partners website doesn't offer any schedule, and when I emailed, they told me I had to email around to find someone to schedule it. This began in September, and it did not get scheduled until December (that's like a year and a half in dog years!) and I ended up emailing several individual people. Finally the evaluation day arrived, I showed up as prepared as I could be, and was humiliated, told that the class I took didn't count and didn't matter, that because the evaluator didn't know my class instructor she thought it was worthless, and basically walked out in tears after being told everything I had done didn't matter.

All my information came from either the Pet Partners website, or the class I took, much of which I had to figure out on my own. So now, after over a year (most of this waiting around to take the test and the course) and all the time and money I have spent, I am back where I started, and embarrassed in front of many local Pet Partner community members.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been exposed to Pet Partners' work for nearly 6 years now, and I am honored to be serving on the board. I continue to be impressed with the focus that the founders, staff and committed volunteers have to create the most ethical and effective pet interactions within a therapy environment. Whether that be for impromptu visits to nursing homes or directed visits to patients with specific therapy goals. The founders began this standard. I like to call it the "Delta Standard"(the organization was previously named the Delta Society). And the current staff and 11,000+ teams bring it to life in their work. When you talk with them or watch their work, you feel it. This is impressive and critically important because there is a growing level of "pet therapy" happening all across the country and the work must deliver safe and effective outcomes for both ends of the leash.

Board Member

Rating: 5

being involved with Pet Partners (Delta Society) has been a life changing event. They have always done a great job supporting me first as a Pet Partner, then evaluator, team instructor and affiliate. I see first hand how the staff works together as a team and is supported by terrific board members who bring so much experience, knowledge and expertise to the table. Pet Partners is by far the best program of it's kind. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this wonderful organization.

drmaryc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a board member and volunteer, I know Pet Partners is committed to the mission of demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal interaction.

My dog Guinness and I are a Pet Partner team and I know our visits help people feel better and have an improved outlook because of the effect a caring human and affectionate animal have on them!

Pet Partners is a great organization to be a part of.

Advisor

Rating: 4

Great, life-changing cause with incredibly dedicated volunteers and staff members!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I have had the opportunity to volunteer with this wonderful organization since June 2010. There have been countless encounters that I have been fortunate enough to share with each of my therapy dogs. The benefits we humans gain from interacting with therapy animals are enormous and are just beginning to be utilized. As one of the newest Board Members I look forward to spreading the word about Pet Partners and helping these benefits become used in everyday life in a responsible and safe way that both humans and animals can prosper.

Lynnette E.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the Board but have supported this organization for 16 years. I used to work there (in another life) and continue to be moved by the therapy-animal teams that have such a profound effect on people in need. Whether it's a visit to a senior in a nursing home or encouraging a child to participate in physical therapy (which I've witnessed personally), these teams make a huge difference in peoples' lives. I would encourage you to check them out and watch the video on their website (www.petpartners.org).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My French Bulldog, Charlotte and I have been Pet Partners for almost 4 years. Doing this important work with her has been the highlight of my life aside from the birth of my grandson. It has been my pleasure to meet so many wonderful people and to watch how faces and attitudes change simply by petting a little yellow dog.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently started working for a subsidiary of Pet Partners, Teton County PAL in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Because I'm so new, I've spent the last few weeks asking a lot of questions of Pet Partners and am so pleased with how much knowledge I have gained from them. They are extremely nice, quick to respond and have been VERY eager to help TC PAL sign up more evaluators. They have gone above and beyond to help us build a stronger presence in the Rocky Mountain West Region. Thank you PP!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer Pet Therapy handler, along with my giant Labradoodle, Thumper. Pet Partners has supplied the excellent training, evaluation and support we need to help put a smile on the face of people who could use some comfort. They did such a great job, that I enrolled in their Team Evaluator training course, and can now help other teams serve their community.