TheraPets: Visiting Pets Program


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


5452 NE 22nd StreetDes Moines, IA 50313


ARL TheraPets certifies a pet and their handler, as a therapy team, to visit nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, hospice facilities and other such residences to make a difference in the lives of those being cared for. Once a team is certified, the ARL works to place the team with a participating local facility where they are needed and will be welcomed.

This program is not for dogs only! Cats, birds, and other small animals can become certified as part of a TheraPets team.


  • Mental Health
  • Patient Care
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Elder care
  • Animal Therapy
  • Hospice Care

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Must pass the ARL Animal & Handler Skills/Aptitude Assessment with your pet
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