COVID-19 Resources

Resources for Volunteers

We know the power of therapy animal visits and we know how much you enjoy sharing your pet with your community. When you can return to visiting (read the CDC’s guidance for handlers of therapy animals), there will be countless people, from exhausted healthcare workers to students finally returning to the classroom, who will benefit from the healing touch of a therapy animal. When that time comes, we’ll be ready.

During this difficult time, we have created the following resources to help you maintain your connection with the powerful work you do as a Pet Partners volunteer.

Animal-Related Engagement

Animal-Related Engagement is any engagement opportunity that allows participants the benefits of the human-animal bond by encouraging the remembrance of feelings that are commonly associated with interaction with an animal. Learn more and access related content…

Virtual Visits

Our new Facebook group provides a digital venue to connect Pet Partners teams with healthcare facilities, schools, and other institutions and individuals who could benefit from virtual content that expresses the power of the human-animal bond. Learn more and join the group…

We Are All Ears Reading Program

We recently launched a global campaign encouraging homebound students to pledge to read aloud to their pets, called We Are All Ears. Learn more about this new initiative and how you and your child can participate.

Educational Videos

Access the Pet Partners YouTube channel for a wealth of educational content including recent Facebook Live events and recorded webinars. Here’s a recent Facebook Live session with our President & CEO Annie Peters:

Resources for Facilities

COVID-19 Safety Considerations for Facilities

When you welcome Pet Partners therapy animal teams to your facility, you are welcoming teams that meet the highest standards for client safety. While it is the facility’s decision when to resume therapy animal visits based on the population they serve, the Pet Partners infection prevention guidelines are designed to minimize the risk of spreading all unwanted germs, including COVID-19. In the event a facility and Pet Partners have differing policies on the same topic, the more conservative of the two shall apply.

When your facility is ready to welcome therapy animal teams again, we are here to support you. Our COVID-19 safety considerations for therapy animal visits provide an overview of our standard safety protocols and detail specific recommendations around COVID-19.

There are many in our communities who could benefit from the love of a therapy animal during these challenging times. We all have a responsibility to take steps to ensure interactions with therapy animals promote health and safety through rigorous infection prevention. Learn more about our Standards of Practice in Animal-Assisted Interventions.