To Volunteer Your Pet, Contact:
Christine Barnes – Team Evaluator GA
Requirements for Pets
- All types of pets including rescues are welcome. However my knowledge for testing is limited to cats dogs and horses.
- Must have lived with current owner for at least one year.
- Your pet must have all shots current. Your pet will not be tested until vet form is complete.
- If the owner administers the pet’s shots, you must have a notary prepare a document noting vaccination dates and that the pet is up to date.
- If the owner uses homeopathic care then an alternate vet form must be completed.
- NO dogs in season can be tested.
- Male dogs should be fixed/altered for the safety of others.
- Each pet in household must be tested with appropriate handler. Example: If a parent and a child want to volunteer then each person would take the test with the pet.
- Identification should be worn by owner (Badge) and pets (Bandana) during visits.
- No animals will be tested if they have been aggressive or bit another animal or person.
- No animals can be tested if on a raw diet.
Tips for Evaluation Day
These suggestions will help you and your pet be prepared on evaluation day.
- A DONATION of Twenty-five (25) dollars due at completion of evaluation.
- Have your pet calm.
- Have their pet brush available.
- Have treats or pet toys with you. These will only used for testing, not rewarding.
- Make sure that pets ears, breath and hair are clean.
- No choke or any other type metal collars or leashes.
- No retractable leashes.
- Pets such as cats and rabbits should wear harness instead of collars.
- If the pets is to be carried during testing – visits then a basket or towel should be used.
- Be updated on pet’s shots.
- Bring Rabies shot record.
- Bring completed Pet Partners Handler Questionnaire.
- It’s suggested to bring a water bowl
- Pre-read Pet Therapy manual.
- NO Barking, Growling, Biting, Hissing, Meowing, or Whining under breath can be tolerated during testing. It will lead to dismissal.
- No jumping, licking, or excited bumping (i.e. standing on evaluator’s feet, knocked in face).
- Your pet may take the test twice.
- Pet must be able to sit, down, stay and come.
- Must be able to meet and greet another dog volunteer and handler without jumping, sniffing, etc.
- Pet must love all people, children, and other pets.
- Pets can be dogs, cats, birds, or rabbits.
- Test should last approx. 20 minutes.
- Your pet may take the test twice. ONLY IF YOU SCORED NOT READY
During a Visit
- You will need to contact the coordinator, Christine Barnes, by separate email to let her know if you cannot attend a scheduled visit. This is critical to the professionalism of the visits. Use firstname.lastname@example.org
- You will need current copies of your vet records on file at the volunteer locations.
- Some facilities will randomly ask for Proof of Pet Partners Membership, this is your insurance.
- When you begin with our group please keep your pet at close range of yourself until your pet is comfortable with other pets and volunteers.
- You must visit www.petpartners.org to learn more about therapy pets. It is required to have a certificate.
- You should never visit when you or your pet is ill.
- Please visit www.petpartners.org to get insurance.
- Please let Christine know ASAP if there is ever an unsafe pet incident.