National Therapy Animal Day


April 30th is National Therapy Animal Day!

National Therapy Animal Day was created by Pet Partners to recognize all of the exceptional therapy animals who partner with their human companions to bring comfort and healing to those in need. Therapy animals and their handlers can be found helping people of all ages in a variety of different settings including hospitals, pediatric care units, schools, and nursing homes.

Goals of National Therapy Animal Day:

  • Recognize and honor therapy animals
  • Raise awareness and educate the public about the role therapy animals play in enhancing the health and well being of humans
  • Honor the thousands of dedicated handlers (the human members of therapy animal teams) who volunteer their time and compassion during visits

What can I do?

  • Join us in raising awareness on National Therapy Animal Day by participating in Treats & Sweets Day during the month of April.
  • Work with your local mayor or city manager to have  April 30th officially proclaimed Therapy Animal Day in your hometown!  Here is a sample proclamation.
  • Show your support on social media on April 30 by sharing our special Pet Partners posts, and by posting your own photos and stories of you with your favorite therapy animals.  Make sure to use these hashtags:  #NationalTherapyAnimalDay and #petpartners
  • Connect with your local media contacts to see if they will feature Pet Partners in a “good news” story about how therapy animals are making your community a healthier and happier place.


Pet Partners would like to thank our friends at Aetna for being a sponsor of National Therapy Animal Day.