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WHATTrains pet owners and pets on how to visit nursing homes, hospice, hospitals, physical therapy centers, long-term care facilities and other facilities.
WHYTo provide companionship, pet therapy and a change in routine activity for seniors in nursing homes. Dogs in nursing homes and assisted animal therapy have also shown to decrease elderly depression, loneliness, and stress.
WHEREPet Partners (formerly known as Delta Society)
Headquarters in Bellevue, WA., USA.
Program available across the United States, Canada, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, and several other countries.

Program Description

"Over 10,000 handler/animal teams bring joy, comfort and compassion to those in need. These dedicated volunteers and their pets have been credited for helping people forget about their pain, providing distractions so nurses can perform medical procedures on pediatric patients, inspiring patients recovering from strokes to perform more physical therapy exercises than when they work with just their human therapists, and even bringing people out of comas!"

Volunteers can learn how to safely visit nursing homes by taking the “Pet Partners' Therapy Animal Handler Course.” The idea behind the course is to train the pet owner first or the 'Human-End' of the Leash before taking dogs or other pets into a nursing home or other facility. 

A veterinarian must screen all pets. All dog breeds are considered for the program.

Both the pet owner and the pet must have their skills evaluated and are then able to submit an application to be registered to provide animal assisted therapy.

Topics covered in the “Pet Partners' Therapy Animal Handler Course” include:

●  How to tell if both you and your animal are a good fit for becoming a volunteer team
●  Preparing yourself and your animal for visits
●  Identifying and decreasing stress in your animal
●  Animal health and safety
●  Special needs of specific client groups
●  How to interact with different types of people
●  Facility health and safety codes
●  Patient confidentiality

Organizations who would like to learn how to start their own animal assisted activity or pet therapy program can do so with a step-by-step guide provided by “Pet Partners.” The online guide covers everything from initial set up of the program, policies and procedures, standards of practice, evaluations, recruiting pet handlers and pets, registration and certification by “Pet Partners” for animal assisted activities or pet therapy.

“Pet Partners” also runs the “National Service Dog Resource Center,” providing information and resources on service dogs. Service dogs help the elderly or disabled perform daily tasks and access public. The “National Service Dog Resource Center” does not train or place service dogs.

 “Pet Partners,” (formerly known as Delta Society) aims to helps people by incorporating pet therapy, and animal assisted activities into their lives.





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