Our therapy animal teams serve nationwide and around the world. They devote many hours to their service, sharing their empathetic spirits and friendly hearts with people in need. These dedicated volunteers affect so many lives, whether visiting children in a classroom, supporting staff and patients at a healthcare facility, comforting people after a crisis, or spending time with seniors in a residential care facility, just a few of the locations where therapy animal teams are found. Their impact makes a major difference in a client’s life. This page honors their many contributions to communities where they visit.
Our deepest gratitude goes to the beloved pets who retired from Pet Partners therapy animal visits between January and March of 2021.
Read the names of our most recent alumni.
Our heartfelt condolences go to the handlers, families, and communities that lost a valued therapy animal and whose loss we learned of between January and March of 2021. The impact of their work will be felt for years to come.
Read the names of our therapy animals who have most recently crossed the rainbow bridge.
Pet Partners is proud and grateful for the hard work of our therapy animals who retired in 2020, and the work of their handlers.
Read the names of our 2020 alumni.
We have profound gratitude for our therapy animals who have passed away, and for our handlers who shared their pets with so many people.
Read the names of the therapy animals whose passing we learned of in 2020.
If you would like to honor a therapy animal who touched your life, please consider an honor or memorial donation in tribute to them.
We’re pleased to share the following tributes, courtesy of their handlers, to some of the amazing therapy animals who have served with Pet Partners.
Has your therapy animal retired or passed? We would be glad to share their story. Learn about submitting a tribute.
Zamboni was a Samoyed, a breed renowned for their fluffy white coats and smiling expressions. She first registered as a therapy dog with handlers Lisa and Todd Marino in 2009, and brought joy to countless people for more than a decade.Read More
Mark volunteered with both Spock and Eva. While the dogs were already in their golden years when they became therapy dogs, that didn’t stop them from making a difference in their community.Read More
Bruno didn’t have the right qualities to be a show dog, but he was exactly what Carole wanted. He did have the right qualities to be a therapy dog, and that was better than a blue ribbon.Read More
Todd & Butley had a unique career with much of their therapy animal work done on the road. Butley’s warm spirit and enthusiasm were a great example of what his breed has to offer.Read More
Halle Berry won everyone’s heart with her soulful eyes and happy tail. She truly adored people and especially children. She had a gentle spirit filled with love.Read More
Jessie was Eddye’s longest-serving therapy animal partner and the love of her life. Eddye talks about the sweet, soft, loving dog who touched countless hearts.Red More
When Susan became a therapy animal handler, she thought she would volunteer anywhere other than senior care and hospice. But Beau showed her the importance of this work and gave her a new calling.Read More
Deb & her partner Boo worked as a therapy animal team for nearly 13 years. Deb remembers the enormous difference this little dog made for everyone she visited.Read More
Quigley was a “unique little soul” who had a special ability to connect with folks.Read More
Winston the Wonder Dog was a precious “old soul” and had something very special about him: Cool, calm, collected and had a knack of almost reading your mind.Read More
Alan Koch & Maggie worked together for a decade, with a focus on acute-care HIV patients at Our House of Portland, as well as in stress relief and post-crisis support. Alan shares the story of how Maggie became a therapy dog and what she meant to their clients as well as to him.Read More
Hirschey was just eight weeks old when he entered Alex’s life. He was small in size, but he had an enormous impact on Alex and everyone they visited.Read More
Ariel was a therapy dog for more than 13 years; she made over 15,000 contacts in that time. Her handler Jan reflects on Ariel’s amazing life and how Ariel made a difference in the lives of humans and animals in need.Read More
Snow was a rescued Great Pyrenees with a pure heart and gentle soul. She will be greatly missed by everyone lucky enough to have known her.Read More
Sherman the potbellied pig was a therapy animal and advocate for therapy pigs for 15 years. His handler Priscilla remembers the powerful impact Sherman had on people.Read More
Paddy was adopted on July 27, 2010. Besides being our super sweet and silky-soft daughter, she was a Delta Therapy Dog and a member of Power Paws where she spent her free Saturdays at libraries reading with children. She was a special fur baby and amazingly sweet, especially considering the abuse she suffered early in her life.Read More
Duke was loved by many; it was unfortunate he experienced so many health issues so quickly. He was a ‘student’ at the high school where I teach health and physical education. I integrated him into my classes, and he even had his picture taken each year in the yearbook!Read More
In November, we had to say goodbye to our sweet Indie after a painful battle with intestinal cancer. He was truly the light of my life and immediately loved by all he met. I had never met such a gentle, calm soul in either human or animal before.
Aragon the cat, actor, comedian and social activist was 14 years old and a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, Calif. He passed away peacefully on December 12th at 1:15 p.m.Read More
Fiona, a Goldendoodle, was a therapy dog for 6 years and had an instinct for knowing who needed her and how to behave around them.Read More
Mabel became a therapy dog in order to share her gift of love with others and to help people in need. The name Mabel means “lovable” and she shared her love every day with everyone around her.Read More
Gryphon excelled as a therapy dog, as an ambassador for his breed, and as a Read With Me dog. Gryphon and his handler, Cathy Varidel, were a registered Pet Partners therapy animal team working with local group Compassionate Paws in Rome, GA for seven years.Read More
During Sadie’s 10 years of therapy work, she helped young students with improving their reading skills, made hospice visits, and participated in stress relief for college students during finals week. She loved this work and never hesitated when it was time for a visit.Read More
I don’t think Lego ever willfully did anything wrong. She was my constant companion and so sweet and loving. She had the most glorious soft coat and the most beautiful blue eyes. I think she knew she was my perfect little fur person.Read More
Cathy had never even thought about being a part of a pet therapy team until Bentley inspired her. His gentle soul and calm demeanor led them to the Wagtime program at Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio. They were a proud Pet Partners team for six years.Read More
Smudge, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was active in Piedmont Columbus Regional’s hospitals and at the John B. Amos Cancer Center as a member of the Play Paws Pet Therapy program for six years.Read More
Maggie #24 aka Maggie Moo, The Mags, Moo Moo, or just Moo was a pup who loved everyone so much that she clearly told Jamie, “I am a therapy dog!” So they registered as a therapy animal team.Read More
Daisy Pollock was born with a purpose. From her first Pet Partner evaluation at a year old to what would be her last evaluation at 10 years old, Daisy brought years of comfort and care to patients and staff at VCU Health in Richmond, VA.Read more
Cassie’s life was full and rich as much as she filled and enriched the lives of others. Wherever she went she was eager to greet everyone with a wagging tail and a nudge as if to say, “Please, it’s OK to pet me.” She adored children and the feeling was mutual.Read more
Murungu excelled with the patients, making him the perfect fit for Diana’s volunteer work in a hospice care setting. He knew intuitively what patients needed and when they’d had enough.Read more
One of Buddy’s last visits was a meaningful connection with a woman who had just lost her own golden retriever. Liz remembers this powerful visit.Read More
Sami shared Lexi with a local library and school for many years, and her passing has been remembered with a powerful legacy from those she helped.Read More
Simone connected with patients in a way that their healthcare providers or caregivers often could not. Wherever there was an emotional need, an empty space that needed a true, non-judgmental friend, Simone had the innate sense to help.Read More