About

Pet Partners is the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing Animal-Assisted Interactions. With the highest caliber curriculum in the industry, Pet Partners trains volunteers and evaluates them with their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, veterans’ centers, hospice, Alzheimer’s facilities, courtrooms, schools and other settings.  We offer our teams superior risk management and the industry’s highest safety standards, continuing education and re-registration and keen attention to dealing with our unique multi-species team population.

A Deeper Dive

Pet Partners is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal therapy, activities and education. Nearly forty years since the organization’s inception, the science that proves these benefits has become indisputable. Today, Pet Partners is the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing animal-assisted interactions.

Pet Partners teams interact with a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with literacy challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities and those approaching end of life. The impact of these interactions is felt one million times a year.  Pet Partners’ curriculum and continuing education for licensed instructors, evaluators and handlers is the gold standard in the field.

People and animal volunteer teams are the heart and soul of Pet Partners’ Therapy Animal Program.
Therapy animals aren’t just dogs. Cats, horses, rabbits, pigs, birds, llamas and alpacas, guinea pigs and even rats are eligible for evaluation through the Pet Partners program.

Six Talking Points

  1. Founded in 1977, Pet Partners is the leader in demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal therapy, activities and education.
  2. The Pet Partners Difference: superior risk management and highest industry safety standards, continuing education and re-registration for teams and keen attention to dealing with our unique multi-species team population.
  3. Pet Partners teams visit hospitals, schools, nursing homes, VA Centers and many other facilities across the country
  4. More than just dogs, other species of therapy animals include cats, horses, birds, rabbits and more
  5. Over 10,000 Pet Partners therapy animal teams in 48 states.  Last year, Pet Partners teams made more than 1,000,000 visits to people in need.  Nearly 50,000 teams have been registered since the program’s inception
  6. Animal interactions improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of those we serve