Renew Registration

Pet Partners volunteers renew their registration every two years as part of our commitment to ensure our gold standard of therapy animal teams. The process is simple and can be completed entirely online.

I am ready to renew my Pet Partners registration. How do I start?

  • Create an account online or log in to the Volunteer Center
  • Go to the My Registrations page, then scroll down to Manage Your Active Registrations.
  • Find the name of the animal for the registration you wish to renew. A link to start your renewal will appear six months before your registration expires.
  • There is a recording of the process in the Volunteer Center Resource Library (login required)

What will I need in order to renew my registration?

  • An updated Animal Health Screening Form
  • A new team evaluation
  • An updated badge photo – only if you want to upload a new image

My registration has expired. Can I still renew?

If your registration expired more than two years ago, you will need to retake the handler’s course. As a previously registered handler, you qualify to receive a discount on the online course. Contact Us to get your unique discount code.

Not sure when your registration expired? Log in to the Volunteer Center (or create an account, if you don’t have one yet) and go to your My Registrations page. Your date of expiration will be listed there.

Why does Pet Partners require re-evaluation for renewal when other organizations do not?

Pet Partners believes the safety of visits for both the client and the animal is enhanced through recurring evaluations for therapy animal teams. This standard is recommended by both the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) and the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

What is the Read With Me™ initiative?

Read With Me™ is a special initiative for those teams interested in volunteering in schools and libraries to promote literacy and instill a lifelong love of reading by having children read with therapy animals. The supporting materials are designed to highlight best practices for handlers to ensure safe and effective visits. Enrollment in Read With Me is offered free of charge to all currently registered Pet Partners teams and includes access to special opportunities designed specifically for Read With Me participants. You can join Read With Me as part of your online renewal or to learn more, visit our FAQ page in the Resource Library.

How long will it take to complete my renewal?

Processing your renewal registration takes around 10 business days once we have all the necessary information. The online process will take you step by step through everything that you need to provide.

Visit the Volunteer Center today to start your renewal!
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Six Reasons to Renew Your Registration!

  1. Be part of the most prestigious therapy animal program in the US
  2. Comprehensive insurance coverage for your visits
  3. Discounted or free continuing education courses are available only to registered handlers
  4. A growing community partner network to work with
  5. Receive e-news and Interactions magazine to keep you up-to-date with the organization
  6. You are part of something special – more than 3 million visits made by over 15,000 teams – touching lives, improving health

Visit the Volunteer Center to submit your registration renewal today!