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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Keystone Pet-Enhanced Therapy Services (KPETS) is organized to promote animal assisted therapy and activities by recruiting, educating, and coordinating volunteers with the facilities, social agencies, and special needs programs whose clients may benefit from the healing and rehabilitating effects of the human/animal bond.

Programs: Promotion of animal assisted therapy and activities by recruiting, educating and coordinating volunteers with the facilities, social agencies, and special needs programs whose clients may benefit from the healing and rehabilitating effects of the human/animal bond. The unconditional love of our pets is shared with those of all ages and walks of life. Those served by our specially trained volunteers and pets include special-needs children and adults, adults in retirement facilities, hospital patients, and other organizations that request our volunteers and their pets. Persons benefiting varies.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Virginia "Ginny" Swartzell and her Therapy Dogs have become a part of the 4Main family at Holy Spirit. Each week Ginny and one of her “children” bring joy and laughter to the many patients on 4Main as well as the staff. Tessa, one of Ginny’s “children“, has become one of our 4Main “RNs” with her beautiful, frilly nursing outfit that she wears when she visits with our patients.
Holy Spirit Hospital recently participated in their Magnet Appraisal Visit to achieve Magnet Designation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Ginny and Tessa were gracious enough to come in and be here for the 4Main unit tour with the Magnet Appraiser. As part of our 4Main family, Ginny and Tessa were very helpful in demonstrating the mission and vision of 4Main and the commitment to our patients and their families.
4Main thanks Ginny and Tessa and K-Pets for their dedication to the patients and staff on our unit.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jill Herbert, who use to work for SeniorLIFE brought pet therapy to our center and put information on your website.

Jill, her high school daughter Jubilee Herbert, and their dog Molly brought along Nancy Dixon and her dog Jill to our Adult Day Care Center in 2012. Our Members loved them! They were very professional and courteous, and their dogs calm and obedient. This group had problems with our hours, due to our Monday through Friday 8-4:30 PM, conflicting with Jubilees schooling.

We now have Lori Napoli and her dog Kramer coming to our center. This is such a blessing! The SeniorLIFE members are so happy. One of our members stated that the new therapy dog “really connected with her and that has never happened before.”

Thank you all so much for what you do. This is such a treat for those who miss having animals!

Client Served

Rating: 5

KPETS have been in the New Oxford Area Library since 2008.
I have had parents tell me their child began reading with more confidence since they visited the library to read aloud to the therapy animals.
We have also had the therapy animals in the library for writing workshop for 5th to 7th grade students. The families are so impressed with the training and the impact on the kids and the pleasure they have in this experience. Talented writers and therapy animals at the library. A wining combination for all.
Be sure to "check out" the books in the New Oxford Area Library Mystery series.