Formerly known as "Pet Therapy" or "Therapy Dogs," the pets who participate in Animal-Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy provide opportunities for motivational, educational, recreational, and/or therapeutic benefits to enhance quality of life. These dogs and their volunteer handlers visit hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other locations, providing comfort and so much more to the people they meet.
What is the Delta Society Pet Partners program?
The Pet Partners Program is a program of Delta Society which enables pet owner volunteers to provide services to people in their own communities while spending quality time with their pets. Training for volunteers is provided through hands-on workshops taught by Delta Society-licensed instructors, or through our home study course. Volunteers and their pets are evaluated for skills and aptitude by Delta Society-licensed team evaluators.
The Pet Partners program was established in 1990 to ensure that "both ends of the leash," people as well as animals, were well-prepared to participate in animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy programs. Pet Partners is the only national registry that requires volunteer training and screening of animal-handler teams.
Delta Society's national network links volunteers with facilities in their own communities that request visiting pets and helps Pet Partners contact facilities to begin visits in new locations.
Could my animal be a Pet Partner?
Yes, if your animal is controllable, reliable, and predictable. Your animal should also have good manners in public places, and have the social skills to seek out and visit with strangers. The Pet Partners program is unique in that we look at both ends of the leash, you too must illustrate that you have the skills to work well with your animal and with clients and facilities that you will serve.
(information courtesy of Delta Society)
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Animal Assisted Therapy teams and the Mt. Pleasant Kennel Club
On Saturday, April 17, 2010, several Mt. Pleasant kennel club dog/handler teams passed their Delta Pet Partners animal assisted therapy evaluations held in Midland, MI. The following teams are all registered with Delta as Pet Partners. Congratulations!!
Cathy Kennedy and Fozzie (a new Pet Partner team)
Marilyn Reid and Moose (a new Pet Partner team)
Brenda Young with Ruby and Cruise (renewing teams)
Doreen Messner with Lucy (a renewing team) and also Q (a new Pet Partner team)
Doreen Messner currently visits at MidMI Hospital in Midland with the Canine Cosmic Cure volunteer group, and also at the Isabella Medical Care Facility.
Brenda Young currently visits at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility.
Congratulations to Doreen and Q (pictured above) and Lucy (pictured left)