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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Health, Health Support

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.

Programs: Since 1994, therapet has provided animal assisted activities (aaa) or animal assisted therapy (aat) free of charge. Therapet is directly involved in a wide range of human services including physical and cognitive rehabilitation, therapeutic interventions with victims of family violence and sexual assault, reading programs, education seminars, and community events. In 2014, therapet sponsored approximately 90 human/animal teams including dogs, 5 cats and a cockatoo, served over 20 agencies and approximately 40 community events. Therapet teams served the community with approximately 12,000 volunteer hours of aaa/aat and an estimated 50,000 human/animal encounters yearly. Therapets 2014 accomplishments:1. Therapet skills class: therapet continued training teams with six formal classes especially designed to train new teams. Fourteen new teams were certified. 2. Team re-certification: to ensure therapet teams are highly skilled, certified teams undergo an annual recertification process and volunteer orientation. Sixty-seven teams were recertified. 3. Aaa/aat programs: therapet maintained or enhanced aaa/aat services to an extremely wide range of settings. These include the following:a. Community agencies who provide emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. B. Community agencies who serve as advocate for abused children. C. Hospitals, rehabilitation centers and schools for patients, clients, students who are mentally challenged, have a neurologic deficits due to stroke, injury or birth defect or those who are recovering from major surgical procedures or debilitating diseases. D. Community agancies and schools to assist students reading below grade level improve reading skills and comprehension. E. Alternative school settings for at-risk students. F. Prisons as a behavior modification. 4. Strengthened infrastructure: therapet opened a new training center used as organization offices, a training facility for therapet skills classes, rally classes, beginning canine obedience classes and to facilitate team recertification. The training center is also used for board and committee meetings 15-20 times a month. 5. Redesigned website: therapets website was redesigned to accommodate online learning.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

purplepate

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dog, Simon, has been a certified Therapet for almost 2 years, & we enjoy our volunteer work at the hospitals & local events. I have seen Simon put smiles on sick children's faces, let patients in ICU pet his head as they love on him, he has caught tears on his face while being hugged by patients or their relatives that received unwanted news.. As a volunteer I have witnessed not only Simon but other special trained Therapets help patients in our community by sharing their unconditional love for humans.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with my German Shepherd, Sadie, for two years now. My Flat--Coated Retriever, Kato, joined us last summer. We have enjoyed working with the other volunteers and patients so much that I am working on certifying a third dog, Texas, a Black Lab/Scottish Terrier mix. When the dogs see their capes and leashes, they know they are going to work. Their whole demeanor changes--they are very focused and attentive to the needs of the patient. It is an awesome experience to behold! I know having pets makes a difference in my life, but I never dreamed they could make such a difference to others. It is a humbling and sacred experience.

7 rae-v

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Therapet when I was twelve, and have been having a great time training and serving with the animals ever since. My favorite place to volunteer is a local rehab center where patients do an entire session of brushing the dogs and throwing balls for them to retrieve as their therapy. The most amazing part of the whole process is getting to know the people you're serving, hearing their stories, and being able to help them through a difficult time in their life. The opportunity to bless other people is of itself a great blessing. I recently certified my miniature horse in the program, and am looking very forward to going to children's camps with him.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Therapet for many years and find that volunteering through this organization is a very positive and uplifting experience for those that we serve, as well as myself. I have seen the progress that patients make throughout their stay in the rehab hospital, and have seen the stress relief (if only for a few minutes)that family members and hospital staff get when they stop to pet or hug the Therapet animals. This unique organization makes a positive impact in the community through its rehab and visitation with patients, community events and many types of childrens' camps.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former hospital administrator, I knew the benefits of animal therapy being used in the healthcare setting. But...as a volunteer in Therapet...I am constantly truly amazed at the benefits of animal therapy. My dog and I have only been in the organization for about 9 months. I knew that my dog and I would make patients happy when we would see them in the hospital or rehab facility. But, I really didn't realize the impact that we would have on that patient's recovery both phycially and mentally. There aren't very many things you can do in life that when you are doing it...you know that you have made an impact on someone that day. I know that every visit I make to a healthcare facility, I have made an impact on at least one person. Therapet is a wonderful organization. Not only because of its leadership, but because of all of the wonderful animals and volunteers who graciously donate their time! Thank you Therapet!!!!

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Therapet for 5 years and have certified 4 dogs through the organization. One of the most outstanding qualities of the Therapets is the level of training that the animals go through. These animals are all well behaved and participate in ongoing skills training and evaluation. This provides safety for the patients as well as the animals and gives me confidence that my dog is in good company while working. I can't begin to describe the feeling of fulfillment that I get from working with my dog through Therapet. I've always said that I don't know who get more benefit, the patient, my dog or me. It's one of the most rewarding things I've ever been involved in.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been involved in Therapet for almost two years. I have a mixed breed dog, Whiskey, who does visitaions, special needs camps and other activies. My daughter works with the mini horses. Working with Therapet is such a unique opportunity to share our special animals in so many different ways. Whether it's doing a hospital visit, special needs camp, rehab work or other activity my heart is always lighter when we are done. I still haven't figured out who gets the bigger blessing-the patients, my dog or me. Thanks to all of my Therapet friends for allowing us along for the journey

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After retiring 12 years ago my wife and I started looking for a volunteer organization that included working with our dogs. We are volunteer puppy raisers for a few service dog organizations and wanted to put the experience and training we learned to use here in our local community for those dogs that are our own pets. Therapet met this need and we have been volunteering now for many years. We especially like Therapet because the animals are required to undergo special skills training and temperament testing before going out in the public. We feel that these requirements put the Therapet organization far above any other animal therapy group. The results are very positve for those we visit with our dogs. It is especially rewarding to see the happiness and love that the dogs share with patients in hospitals. We plan to continue volunteering our services with Therapet for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Therapet for about 5 years. I have a therapet dog and volunteer with him at various hospitals and psychiatric prison. I am also one of the miniature horse handlers. I am always inspired by how all of our Therapet animals affect and touch the lives of our patients and families. They calm fears, help relieve pain and take patients and families minds off their tragedies and worries for a while. We constantly hear stories from individuals who tell how at their lowest moments, a Therapet has come and lifted their spirits. I love working with this organization and it's wonderful volunteers, both two and four legged.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I think this is a fantastic organization that cares deeply for the dogs it trains and the community it serves. The joy and healing that the therapets bring to children, elderly, sick and imprisoned cannot be overestimated. The volunteers I have met are dedicated and enthusiastic.