Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program trains and screens volunteers and their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities.

The program was established in 1990 to ensure that “both ends of the leash,” people as well as animals, were well-prepared to participate in animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy programs for therapy pets. Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program is the only national registry that requires volunteer training, recurring evaluation of animal-handler teams and provides ongoing continuing education in order to ensure professionalism, safety and animal welfare in all visits.