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Delta Society

Delta Society is the leading international resource for the human-animal bond. Delta Society has been the force to validate the important role of animals for people’s health and well-being by promoting the results of research to the media and health and human services organizations.

Pet Partners®
Overview of the Program

Delta Society’s Pet Partners Program trains volunteers and screens volunteers and their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities.

Pet Partners Program was established in 1990 to provide a mechanism 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.

Training for volunteers is provided through hands-on workshops taught by Delta-licensed instructors or a home study course and videotape. Volunteers and their animals are independently tested for skills and aptitude by Delta-licensed Team Evaluators. Delta’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.

Over 5,400 Pet Partners teams now operate in all 50 states and 6 other countries, helping more than 900,000 people each year.

Pet Partners Registration Process

Animal/handler teams applying to become Pet Partners follow a 3-step registration process:

Complete the Pet Partners Team Training Course (Workshop or Home Study).
Pass the Animal Health Check and Team Evaluation.
Submit Application Package and Fee.

Find out more about how to become a Pet Partner.

Animals That Can Be Pet Partners

There are a great many species that make wonderful visiting animals and can form a strong human-animal bond. Only domesticated animals may become Pet Partners. Examples of registered pets include:

Guinea Pigs
Potbellied Pigs
African Gray Parrots

People who do not have an animal may also register as Pet Partners.

If you want more information on Pet Partners of the Delta Society, please go to http://www.deltasociety.org