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Pet Partner

pet therapy classes and evaluations


Pet Partners’ mission is to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond.

Pet Partners, formerly known as the Delta Society, is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting the health and wellness benefits of animal-assisted interventions. Since the organization’s inception in 1977, the science proving these benefits has become indisputable. With more than 13,000 registered teams making more than 3 million visits annually, Pet Partners serves as the nation’s most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams. Pet Partners teams visit with patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students, veterans with PTSD, and those approaching end of life, improving human health and well-being through the human-animal bond. With the recent release of its Standards of Practice for Animal-Assisted Interventions and international expansion, Pet Partners is globally recognized as the industry gold standard.

Interested in Therapy Team Work

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Criteria for Prospective Therapy Animals

Pet Partners Therapy Animals must meet the following criteria:

  • Are at least one year old at the time of evaluation, or six months old for rabbits, guinea pigs, and rats. Have a young animal? See our tips for preparing for future therapy work.

  • Have lived in the owner’s home for at least six months, or one year for birds.

  • Must be reliably house trained. Waste collection devices are not permitted, with the exception of flight suits for birds.

  • Be currently vaccinated against rabies. Rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and birds are exempt from this requirement. Titers are not accepted in lieu of vaccination.

  • May not be fed a raw meat diet.

  • Have no history of aggression or seriously injuring either people or other animals. This includes animals who have been trained to aggressively protect and/or have been encouraged to bite, even if it is a component of dog sport, such as Schutzhund.

  • Demonstrate good basic obedience skills. Animals walking with a lead should walk on a loose leash, and respond reliably to common commands such as “sit,” “down,” “stay,” “come,” and “leave it.”

  • Welcome, not merely tolerate, interactions with strangers.

  • Be comfortable wearing Pet Partners acceptable equipment.

Take our quiz to find out if you and your pet are ready to form a therapy team.





Della Burkitt has completed and passed all of her online and person to person evaluation (Completed at Gas City Dog Club with Pet Partners by Tedd Rosenfeld, Program Manager) to become a Pet Partners Pet Therapy Team Evaluator in 2018. 

If you interested in learning more of what this program is about please check out Pet Partners website!

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