Pet Therapy Services

Animals are teachers and healers! Human-animal interactions provide a multitude of benefits to people of all ages in a variety of facility and program settings. Studies show that animals can improve the physical and mental health of individuals whose lives they touch.

Our Pet Therapy Programs match caring individuals who are happy to share their well-trained, loving pet with people in the community who can benefit from and enjoy the unconditional love that an animal companion can bring them.

The LEAP Program (Literacy Education Assistance Pups), based in Lewes, DE, provides literacy mentoring in schools and libraries to improve the literacy skills of children and build their enthusiasm for reading through the use of therapy dogs. 

We also offer on-site opportunities through our Program for Education and Training (PET) where groups or individuals with special needs can come to the shelter and have a hands-on experience working with the pets in our care or work to enhance life skills such as cleaning, laundry, maintenance or administrative work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 View Pet Therapy Annual Report 
 

How do I volunteer with my pet?

  • Call or email us at pettherapy@faithfulfriends.us to set up a phone interview so we can get more information on your pet and your interest in the program.

  • Provide up-to-date vaccination records and a vet reference on your pet's temperament.

  • Have your pet evaluated by a Faithful Friends evaluator.

  • Keep you volunteer membership current ($25 annually).
     

How does my program or facility sign up to receive regular, therapeutic pet visits?

  • Interested program and facilities should contact us at 302-427-8514 x102 or pettherapy@faithfulfriends.us for a membership packet.

  • We will discuss your needs and find out how we can help!

  • An annual membership fee of $100 is required.

  • All members are provided with full-time staff support and all volunteers and pets are insured.


How can my school or library partner with the LEAP Program?

  • Interested groups or individuals should email us at pettherapy@faithfulfriends.us for more information.

  • We will discuss your needs and provide you with opportunities that match your needs and schedule.

  • Opportunities available for local schools, libraries and other groups.
     

How does my group or client register for an onsite opportunity through PET?

  • Interested groups or individuals should contact us at 302-427-8514 x102 or email us at volunteer@faithfulfriends.us for more information.

  • We will discuss your needs and provide you with opportunities that match your needs and schedule.

  • Opportunities available for local group homes, schools, groups and individuals with special needs.

  • Training will be provided by Faithful Friends staff.

  • Supervision is required for individuals or groups who need assistance while onsite.

 

 

 

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