THERAPET

Rating: 4.89 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Animals, Health

Location: PO Box 305 Troup TX 75789 USA

Mission: Therapet Foundation’s mission is to utilize specially trained and certified animals for the betterment of mankind by promoting health, hope and healing.  We accomplish this mission by: •Establishing & communicating standards of practice for use of specially trained animals in the healthcare setting. •Providing education to health care professionals and facility leaders. •Educating communities on opportunities and benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy. •Training, certifying, and assuring competency of human/animal volunteer teams.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Therapet is an extraordinary organization that really touches hearts of those in need. What's better than the gentle soul of an animal assisting in your time of need. These highly skilled animals are remarkable and I am always amazed at the things they do for patients in area hosptials and schools. Ann

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I am so proud that Therapet is celebrating their 17th year or service and I am a part of this awesome organization. They work so hard to raise money to continue provide and growing this service. Way to go Therapet!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with my dog and the mini horses at a variety of facilities and special needs camps.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope they get more dontations so they can not work so hard at fundraising.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about Therapet seven years ago while training my Golden Retreiver. He became a Therapet after passing his temperment test over six years ago and we have been volunteering since that time. It is a wonderful organinzation that touches so many lives with just the touch of these animals. It has been a tremendous oppurtunity for me to volunteer in my community. I am always amazed by what these animals do for people. I believe our community to be a better place because of the services we provide people at hospitals, rehab centers, shcools, and community events. It is a thrill when you walk into a facility with your animal and you hear people say - there goes a Therapet. This just reinforces my belief in the positive influence we have in our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The facial expressions of patients and the thanks that comes from them and family members encourages me to conintue volunteering with this organinzation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make changes to this organinzations. Our policies and procedures are excellent and we strive to maintain the high standards we have set.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Therapet is such a wonderful organization. It's totally dedicated to improving people's physical and emotional well-being through loving contact with certified Therapet animals. Our program is completely at no charge to the places we take our Therapets. All of our funding comes from items we sell such as our calendars and from grants we receive. I'm proud to be a Therapet volunteer.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with my Therapets in health care facilities in East Texas

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes

Rating: 5 stars  

I have only been with Therapet for about a year and a half now. I have a Boxer named Roscoe. We love going to the hospitals and visiting with the patients. It makes people forget where they are and all that is wrong with themselves, even if it's just for a little while. It makes people who owned that particular breed of dog go back to their childhood. They tell you stories of the dogs they had while growing up. I have had so many people tell me that before we came, they were having a horrible day, or they were really in alot of pain that day, and the dogs made them feel better. We had one patient that we visited several times in one of the hospitals, he had cancer and wasn't doing well. I got a call that he had been moved to hospice and didn't have much longer to live. As one of his last wishes, he wanted Roscoe and 3 other Therapets to be at his funeral. Imagine the impact these dogs must have made on him to want them at his funeral. Every time we visit, I am still amazed at the reaction people have to these animals. I could go on forever about the joys of working with this group.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hospital settings

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any changes

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with Therapet for 15 years. Therapet has allowed me to watch my dogs perform miracles in front of my eyes. Meeting a different dog each day during a week of therapy allows patients to see a wide array of breeds and types of dogs but because my Hannah reminded a little lady of the dog she had as a child she began to speak. I have witnessed my Abby bring comfort to grieving family members after loss of a loved one. I have seen smiles come to faces that are sad and hurting by the cute sashay of my Annabelle. I have seen the stress-fill body of a child completely relax by the warm fur of my dogs as they lie perfectly still while the child rests next to them.

Therapet has provided my dogs wonderful opportunities to use their gifts of love to reach hurting people of all ages. Therapet has allowed me to indeed be witness to miraculous wonders.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my dogs reach out to the sick and hurting people with their unconditional love. Therapet has provided the education, training, and guidence to make all this possible for me and my dogs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No organization is perfect and there is always room for improvement; however, the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Medical Director are doing a wonderful job and all very approachable and have an open door policy that I have always found accepting of any questions or concerns that I have ever had.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I Love Therapet. It is a wonderful organization that continues to serve the community in amazing ways. The program has now expanded to working with children that have problems reading, and children who have dealt with physical and sexual abuse. I can't wait to see what the program will offer next and enjoy every minute I spend with this organization.

They in no way accept money to cover any grooming fees as reported earlier. We groom, train and volunteer with them without any compensation except the gratitude from the patients, families and staff. Therapet has never talked to anyone in the Chapel Hill about a program and that is concerning.

We work extremely hard to fundraise to cover our costs and I am proud to volunteer with these individuals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having the animals work with my family members and making an incredible difference in their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope that more sponsors become available so less time is spent on fundraising and more time is spent on doing what we really want to do which is volunteering in the community

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Chris
Therapet does not have a program in Chapel Hill or through that school system. We have never had a fundraising program with Chapel Hill or any other school system. We do not fundraise for grooming expenses, the volunteers do cover that cost themselves. We will investigate the situation as it appears to be someone raising funds using our Foundation without our permission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

voluteering

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 1 stars  

Therapet is less than truthful when they talk about offering their services at no cost to the facility. They are asking the community to pay for so-called costs associated with gooming animals for visits. Chapel Hill schools are asking local businesses to donate $45 to cover supposed costs for animal gooming per visit. This is supposed to be an all volunteer group. Thus any costs would be absorbed by the individual volunteer. As far as I am concerned, this group is all about money and ego gratification. They undercut legitimate non profits who really need funding for the charitable work they do.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hospital settings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have their leadership wake up and be accountable for donations.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Therapet for 9 years. Because of these Therapets, patients and their families experience an unexpected break from the stress and trails associated with the circumstances that brought them to the hospital or rehab facility they are admitted to. As you can imagine these circumstances are usually unexpected and difficult life occurrences. It has been both humbling and rewarding to serve my fellow man through the sharing of these animals that God loans us for an all too brief time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sharing Kady with patients and experiencing their appreciation

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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