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WHATPet owners can register their dogs and cats as therapy animals and visit nursing homes, hospitals, classrooms, libraries and other facilities.
WHYTo show that animal assisted therapy can play a part to serve in human health well being, and healing.
Pet Partners.
New York, NY.USA.

Program Description

"Within the NYC area, the ASPCA helps to carry out the Pet Partners mission by providing a full-service program to the public in which individuals can register their dogs and cats as therapy animals who visit hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms, libraries and other facilities."

The purpose to animal assisted therapy in nursing homes is to provide companionship, pet therapy and a change in routine nursing homes activities. Dogs in nursing homes have shown to decrease elderly depression, loneliness, and stress and are a valuable resource for long-term care facilities.

In order to be registered for ASPCA animal assisted therapy program, dogs and cats must be socialized, and evaluated and then registered with Pet Partners.

A therapy animal must be able to safely interact with seniors in nursing homes by being social, obedient, able to enjoy people, showing no aggression towards other animals, or bite.

Animal registration includes a process of gathering veterinary forms, vaccinations, a therapy handler class certificate, evaluation results, and photos.

Pet Partners offers animal assisted therapy classes including:

-Therapy Handler CourseĀ  - owners learn dog handling skills such as reading dog body language, improving dog's comfort with strangers, obedience skills in distracting environments, proximity to hospital equipment, and more.

-Pet Partners Team Training Workshop - trains the human side of the leash about animal-assisted therapy covering skills needed to safely visit with a dog in a nursing home or other animals in hospitals and other facilities.

Therapy Dog or Activity Assisted dog programs are different than
Assistance Dogs, Service Dogs, or Guide Dogs Programs
, which are trained to perform specific tasks for a person with a disability.

The animal-assisted therapy program at the ASPCA hopes to bring about greater community acceptance of dogs. Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) is a national organization that aims to improve human health through the assistance of therapy animals.


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