You’ve felt it yourself-the undeniable boost to your mood and spirit you feel when you’re with your pet. Every year, thousands of Pet Partners volunteer handlers around the world share this gift by bringing joy and improved outcomes to millions of people. You’re here because you share our vision, and want to improve lives in your community. We’re here to get you started and support you along the way.
One of the best things about Pet Partners is that while dogs make up 94% of the teams in our Therapy Animal Program, we also welcome friendly, well-behaved cats, horses, birds, pigs, llamas & alpacas, rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs!
To become a volunteer therapy animal team with Pet Partners and begin visiting, you and your pet will first need to complete our registration process. We use this process to be sure your pet is healthy and well-behaved, and that you have the right training too.
What are the benefits if I register with Pet Partners?
While on volunteer visits, you and your pet have comprehensive insurance coverage.
You will have access to tools to help you find places and opportunities to visit.
You will have access to Pet Partners’ online courses available free or at discounted prices.
You will have support and customer service from Pet Partners’ exceptional Therapy Animal Program staff.
You will receive an ID badge with a picture of you and your pet for you to wear while visiting.
To get started, visit https://petpartners.org/volunteer/volunteer-with-pet-partners/.
345 118th Ave SE, Suite 200, Bellevue, WA 98005, US
Pet Partners improves human health and well-being through the human-animal bond. We achieve this by educating, registering, and supporting therapy animal teams who make visits across the United States. Therapy animal teams visit hospital patients, schoolchildren, nursing home residents, and a wide variety of clients.
Pet Partners is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people throughout the world become healthier and happier by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their lives. Numerous scientific research studies have proven that interactions with animals:
Reduce people's blood pressure
Lower anxiety and stress levels
Stimulate the release of endorphins, which help people feel good, which is especially important for those feeling isolated or depressed
Lead to more independent and fulfilling lives
Increase a sense of community
Children & Youth
Health & Medicine
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
January 8, 2021
Must be at least 10
Orientation or Training
Pet Partners therapy animal teams can volunteer as much or as little as they choose. Some visit once a month, others visit multiple times a week.
Review these resources to decide if the program is a good fit for you and your pet: