Interest in animal-assisted interventions has exploded. More facilities and practitioners are recognizing the benefits of the human-animal bond than ever before. However, without comprehensive standards for therapy animals that cut across all organizations and facilities, there is an increased risk negative or unfortunate events could potentially limit access to animals for those who could benefit most. For 40 years, Pet Partners has worked to set the criteria for best practices in animal-assisted interventions (AAI), and now, based on the research and publications of respected entities in the field, we have compiled the leading thinking detailing the standards therapy animals and their handlers should meet, regardless of organizational affiliation.
If you care about client safety, animal welfare and preserving access to therapy animals for those who may benefit the most, join us in leading the education of local, state and federal policy makers on the science of the health benefits to the human-animal bond and appropriate interactions.
Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act
There are over 19 million veterans living in the United States, 2.5 million having served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. Many of these soldiers return home wounded physically and emotionally – resulting in an average of 20 veteran suicides every day. The P.A.W.S. Act seeks to bring power of the human-animal bond to the men and women who have bravely served overseas in the Armed Forces.
The P.A.W.S. Act has been introduced in the United States Senate (S. 1014) and House of Representatives (H.R. 2327) to provide grants of $25,000 to nonprofits approved by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) to train and connect service dogs with veterans in need.
As a Pet Partners advocates, you’ll have the tools to actively urge your senators and representatives to support this important legislation.