Learn About Advocacy

Your passion? Your priority? Be an Advocate!

Our efforts are non-partisan: Our goal is to educate, not promote the election or defeat of candidates for any elected office.

Our program is voluntary for everyone including our current therapy animal volunteers: Our program is an “opt-in” format, which means that you will only receive special advocacy communications if you join the program.

Our program is for everyone: While not everyone interested in the positive impact animals have on human health and well-being is a therapy animal team, anyone can be passionate about the human-animal bond! When you register as an advocate, you lend your voice to important issues that you care about.

Our advocates are prepared for success: With free resources you can use to organize locally, and education on important topics like how to effectively communicate with elected officials, our message is amplified and we can make the greatest impact.

To our international friends, supporters, and volunteers: Currently, this program is focusing on U.S. public policy. While we are unable to accommodate your sign up as an advocate at this time, we do encourage you to share the message about the importance of therapy animal standards in your country.

Ready to advocate? We have what you need!

The wonderful thing about a democracy is that every citizen has the power to communicate with their elected leaders. But it’s not always easy to know where to start or what to say. If you’re interested in learning the basics of how to share your knowledge and passion for the human-animal bond with your elected officials, we have two recorded webinars that cover the basics.

Advocacy Materials

  • Advocacy Manual  Keep key advocacy information at your fingertips with this manual! Includes tips for effective legislator communication and reminders of what you can and can’t do.
  • Talking Points  A clear, concise message is critical during face-to-face meetings. This brief set of talking points will keep you on track when educating lawmakers about what a therapy animal is, and what it isn’t.
  • Leave Behind  This handy reference sheet recaps important therapy animal concepts as well as includes a space for your contact information.
  • Letter to the Editor  Use this template with local press to educate your community about the impact of therapy animals.