Pet Therapy Program

Thank you for your interest in Faithful Friends’ Pet Therapy Program! Participating in Pet Therapy could be one of the most heartwarming experiences that you will ever have. We are partnered with over 50 facilities and programs across the state and are always looking to grow our number of Pet Therapy Teams. You must be comfortable working with the elderly, children, and/or people of all ages with disabilities. For additional information, email or call (302) 427-8514 extension 102.

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.

Become a Pet Therapy Team

  1. After you review the information below, click here to fill out a Pet Therapy Application. Applications will only be considered if all required fields are completed.
  2. Have your veterinarian complete a Veterinarian Reference Form and provide a copy of your pet’s Vaccination Records and Spay/Neuter Certificate. Paperwork can be emailed to or faxed to (302) 427-2855
  1. After we review your application, we will contact you within 1-2 weeks to invite you to an upcoming Pet Therapy Orientation (humans-only). We do have an annual membership fee of $25 which covers you and your pet under our liability insurance which is collected at the orientation.
  1. With the help of Faithful Friends program coordinator, you will choose a Facility then schedule your First Visit and Pet Evaluation with one of our lead volunteers.

Register to Receive Pet Therapy Visits:

Before committing to an annual Pet Therapy Partnership, we can schedule a one time, group visit to introduce some of our volunteers to your facility. Interested groups should email for more information.

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. Email for more information.

The LEAP Program (Literacy Education Assistance Pups):

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

Opportunities are only available in Sussex County at this time. Interested volunteers should email us at for more information. You will need to fill out a LEAP Program application and keep your volunteer membership current ($25 annually).

Still Have Questions?

If you have questions about fostering, please contact our Volunteer & Community Affairs Manager at or (302) 427-8514 extension 102.