Interested in a free webinar to see if being a therapy animal team is right for you?

Have you ever considered volunteering as a therapy animal team? Pet Partners invites prospective volunteers to attend free, one-hour informational webinars (online interactive presentations) to learn about our Therapy Animal Program. Led by experienced volunteers with the assistance of Pet Partners staff, these sessions will cover the process for becoming a registered therapy animal team with your pet.

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Volunteering with your Pet

  • Wednesday, December 6 at 5 p.m. Pacific / 8 p.m. Eastern Register

This date doesn’t work for you? Watch a recorded version by clicking the play button for “Volunteering with Your Pet” below.

5-part Webinar Series: Selecting and Participating in Therapy Visits

We are excited to offer a 5-part webinar series providing tips and resources for selecting and participating in therapy visits. The series consists of one webinar per month; you are welcome to sign up for all 5 webinars or choose individual offerings. While the topics covered are particularly relevant to current handlers, enrollment is open to everyone and we invite instructors, evaluators, and prospective handlers to join us as well.

The 2017 series takes place the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 3:30 pm Pacific.

Session 1: Finding Visiting Opportunities

Learn about the Volunteer Opportunities listing and the option of collaborating with a Community Partner. For those interested in a particular local facility, we will provide tips on how to approach the facility to introduce the concept of starting therapy animal visits. View a recording in the resource library.

Session 2: Selecting the Right Visit

Therapy animal visits happen in a variety of settings: hospitals, nursing homes, schools, airports, and many more. This webinar offers considerations in selecting the visit which is right for both you and your animal and discusses important characteristics of common facility types. View a recording in the resource library.

Session 3: Visit Tips and Tricks

October 17, 3:30 pm PDT

Whether you are newly registered with Pet Partners or an experienced handler seeking new ideas, this webinar will have something for you! We will discuss items to consider bringing, what’s best to leave at home, and a variety of activity ideas to add to your visit repertoire.
Register for October 17

Session 4: Visit Safety and Incident Management

November 21, 3:30 pm PST

Visit safety and effectiveness go hand in hand. Join us for a discussion of how to use YAYABA™ and PETS™ to enhance visit safety and what to do in case an incident does take place.
Register for November 21

Session 5: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward

December 19, 3:30 pm PST

If you do visits long enough, you will inevitably encounter some unusual or uncomfortable situations that catch you by surprise. Join us as we discuss examples of awkward visit situations along with suggestions on how to respond in a graceful and professional manner.
Register for December 19