Twice a month, Pet Partners’ eNewsletter Just What the Doctor Ordered! delivers a dose of furry therapy to your inbox. Take a look at our past featured volunteers and the wonderful work that their animals do in our Therapy Animal Program.
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Since 2009, Bill Clemons and his therapy dog, Dickens, have visited with more than 8,000 people at over 60 different locations. Read about some of their most memorable visits as well as the incredible story of their encounter with the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens.Read more
Glaucoma hasn’t stopped June and Toto from visiting and giving love to those in hospice care.Read more
Alan Koch and canine companion Maggie have been volunteering for more than nine years at Our House of Portland where they work with acute-care HIV residents. This month, Portland Monthly magazine named Alan and Maggie “Extraordinary Volunteer” in Portland in its annual Light a Fire Awards.Read more
Being a multi-species organization, Pet Partners offers those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to benefit from the human-animal bond a chance to interact with a therapy animal. We are very lucky to have therapy animal teams like Beverly, Tessa and Zane Grey!Read more
Las Vegas is a very tight-knit community and if you are there visiting, even for a short while, you are part of that community. The immediate aftermath of October 1 brought out the best in humanity, in response to the worst. And the therapy animal teams with one of our Community Partners, Love Dog Adventures, were privileged to be invited into the inner circle of healing through our strong partnerships with education and healthcare communities.Read More
Casaundra Maimone could never have imagined the profound impact Winnie the therapy dog would have on a young patient waiting anxiously for surgery.Read more
Miguelita’s advice to new teams: Never underestimate the value of what you do. The impact you make may be more than you realize.Read More
For the past three years, Tufts Paws for People has presented the “Nemo Award” to a team that has excelled at visiting with multiple groups of people, donating their time to bring comfort to others. This year’s recipient is seven-year-old miniature poodle Raven and her handler Stephanie Nye.
Given the choice between euthanasia or emergency surgery, Pet Partners handler Lisa Demetrius made the decision to give Ari a second chance at life. Ari will never regain the use of his lower back or hind legs, but that’s not stopping him from sharing his love with all who need it!Read more
Two years ago, CeCe found herself at a shelter when her owner was no longer able to care for her. As a senior dog with health issues, she was not adoptable. It took several months to restore her health but when CeCe recovered from surgery, lost weight and gained strength, her new owner discovered a calm, sweet-tempered dog who loves to be read to by children.Read more
Never underestimate the impact of one of the smallest therapy animals! Patti learned that lesson when her therapy guinea pig Bonita made a huge impact on her first visit to the hospital.Read more
Pet Partners recognizes epilepsy as a condition and not an illness, which means Ruby is allowed to do her good work as long as her seizures are controlled, she feels well, and an emergency plan is in place in the event of a seizure during a visit.Read more
Read the touching story of a man, his dog, and their journey through life together.Read more
Junebug the therapy dog could tell the little girl was struggling to turn the page, so she offered a helping paw and they did it together.Read more
It was getting toward the end of their shift when a nurse approached Laurie and Truitt for just one more visit. She could never have imagined just how impactful that one visit would be – not just for the patient but for everyone around.Read more
When Maria became the patient, therapy dogs Walter and Holly were able to bring comfort and love to their handler in the hospital like they had for others so many times.Read More
Saying goodbye is hard. Bentley the Therapy Bunny shares his take on his final visit with one of his favorite friends!Read more
Among the many volunteers at this year’s Vermont Special Olympics were Peter Hoffman and his dog Smudge, a Pet Partners registered therapy team.Read more
Recently Diana had to make the sad (but right) decision to retire her therapy dog, Harli. Harli had been battling cancer for several years, and the time had come to just let her enjoy her life.Read more
Meet Chris and her therapy animal, Harley Rose. They are a new team, and are a little bit different from most teams, as Harley is a pig!READ MORE
Long before Freckles was a Pet Partner, he was Verylon’s partner as a firefighter in Somerset, TX.Read More