Pet Partners Magazine

The Value of Broad Expertise in Our Field

Spring 2020

Pet Partners volunteers bring a wide range of experience and expertise to their work in support of the human-animal bond. We profile handler and team evaluator Jane Kopelman, who also works in the realms of animal rescue and educational design as part of her efforts in AAI, along with Dr. Scott Weese, veterinary advisor to our Therapy Animal Program.
Plus: Research on AAI and children with autism, the 2019 Magic Award recipient, Meet the Pets at the U.S. Capitol, and more.

Animal-Assisted Crisis Response

Fall 2019

One of the things that has kept our Therapy Animal Program vital is our ability to respond to developments in the field of AAI and bring therapy animals to new applications. In recent years there’s been increasing call for therapy animals to respond following crisis situations. Pet Partners determined that it was time for us to create an animal-assisted crisis response program.
Plus: The 2019 Pet Partners conference and professional summit, 2nd Annual World’s Largest Pet Walk, Veterans Administration agreement, and more.

Interactions Spring 2019

More Than Dogs

Spring 2019

When someone says, “therapy animal,” most people will immediately think of dogs. But dogs aren’t the only species that can provide the life-changing effects that come with the human-animal bond. Pet Partners has long recognized this, and we’re proud to register nine types of animals as part of our Therapy Animal Program.
Plus: Expanding AAI research beyond dogs, 2018 Magic Award recipient, National Therapy Animal Day, and more.

Interactions Fall 2018

Pet Partners Goes Global

Fall 2018

In late 2016, Pet Partners received a grant to explore the possibility of expanding internationally. Through our international pilot program, the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program is exploring opportunities in various countries across the globe.
Plus: Emerging research on therapy dogs, Better Cities for Pets, the inaugural World’s Largest Pet Walk, and more.


Walk With Me

Spring 2018

Pet Partners introduced Walk With Me, a new program initiative to encourage walking and movement, in September 2017. In less than six months, our teams have embraced this idea and are making use of this initiative in many ways to improve human health and well-being.
Plus: Animal-Assisted Workplace Well-being, Steve Dale on walking with pets, National Therapy Animal Day, and more.

From Shelter to Superstar

Fall 2017

Coconut had been surrendered to the shelter by his previous owners because they didn’t have time to care for him. They had kept him confined in a basement, without much attention or exercise, and when Elizabeth met him he was bowlegged and missing a lot of hair. Today, Coconut is a superstar therapy animal visiting hospitals, cancer patients, and reading programs.
Plus: the 2017 Pet Partners conference, Steve Dale on adopted rescue pets, HABRI and a shared vision for the human-animal bond, and more.

Remembering the Magic of Our Therapy Animals

Spring 2017

Life spans of our companion animals are shorter than those of humans. It is this briefness of lifespan, however, that is paradoxically joyful and painful. We must remember that all lives have beginnings and endings. It is the middle, what many refer to as a lifetime, which we must hold close to our hearts.
Plus: an interview with Dr. Sandra Barker, a medical perspective on AAI, advocating for therapy animals, and more.

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Buddy’s Gift is Connecting to Young Readers

Fall 2016

When you hear the name “Buddy,” you might picture man’s best friend: maybe an enthusiastic golden Retriever, or a dependable Labrador. This Buddy is not quite what you’d expect. He has a beak, gorgeous plumage of yellow, green, and blue, and an enduring love for the works of Dr. Seuss.
Plus: Dr. Nancy Gee on animal-assisted reading programs, Steve Dale on listening to our pets, regional spotlights, and more.