What Is Pet Therapy?
The natural connection between humans and animals has seemingly existed for centuries and beyond. We look to our animals for joy, comfort and companionship. What is not widely understood is the real benefit of having pets in our lives. Interaction with animals is clinically proven to lower blood pressure, relieve stress and ease depression. Pet therapy was developed as a real form of therapy to improve the lives of humans. It comes in many forms and its benefits widely accepted and praised.
The Capital Area Humane Society provides pet therapy to our community through its volunteer force. Teams of volunteers and their certified animal partners visit classrooms, hospitals, nursing homes and mental heath facilities bringing the healing touch of animals to humans in need.
How Do I Get My Pet Certified?
Capital Area Humane Society offers therapy dog certification several times a year. There have been several changes to the therapy dog requirements; please visit the Therapy Dog International webpage at www.TDI-dog.org to ensure your dog is ready for the new assessment. The next date for certification is on February 22 from 5-8 p.m. at CAHS and a fee of $20 is required.
Please bring proof of current vaccines, including rabies and distemper. Flat buckle collars or harness are allowed, but no training equipment or treats. Visit the TDI website for more information.
Please contact Samantha at
or call (517) 626-6060 x 141 with questions or for TDI sign up.