A certified member of our Pet Therapy and Humane Education team can participate in any of the three programs we offer: Pet Therapy, Humane Education and Read to Dogs.
Our Humane Education team brings certified pet therapy animals before an audience of children and young adults to plant the seeds of Kindness and Compassion towards animals. Our 30-minute presentation titled “It’s Cool to be Kind” and is presented by one of our team members, after which the audience is invited to pet and interact with the certified pet therapy animals for a short period of time.
The visit usually lasts about 45 minutes, but the needs of the pet always take priority. You must commit to a minimum of 2 visits per month in any combination of Pet Therapy, Humane Education and Read to Dog visits.
In order to participate in Humane Education, please be aware of the following
- Your pet must be very well behaved and comfortable around large numbers of children and young adults, including handicapped and those with special needs.
- Your pet must be very well behaved and comfortable around other dogs and cats, as these visits always include multiple pet therapy animals. Dogs and cats may not come in contact with other therapy animals before, during or after any visit. During the presentation you and your pet will need to sit quietly at your side or on your lap.
- Team members MUST be available weekdays, mostly during school hours of 9-3. There may be an occasional evening or weekend, but these are rare. We sometimes schedule a Scout Night at our Facility” which will occur on a weeknight between 6-7:00 p.m. These are scheduled as requests come in and occur no more than once per month.
- Team members visit schools (K-12) and youth groups (Scout Troops, etc). Our greatest need is to have Pet Therapy animals available to participate by offering petting and interaction time after our presentation. On occasion, an experienced handler may be requested to offer the presentation if there is a need.
For details on how to become a member of our Certified Pet Therapy team, please click here