Therapy animals and service animals have very different purposes. Service animals are trained to meet the disability-related needs of their handlers who have disabilities. Therapy animals provide people with contact to animals, but are not limited to working with people who have disabilities. For more details about the distinction, please see the Pet Partners website.
Animals of almost any kind can become therapy animals. Join us for an Introduction to Therapy Animals class and find out what it takes to become part of an animal-assisted therapy team with your pet. You will learn:
This introduction is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call (763) 489-2217 or contact us online. Humans only, please!
Does your dog enjoy people? Would you like to make a difference in your community? If you answered yes to both of these questions then volunteering as a therapy dog team might be just for you!
After your dog passes the Canine Good Citizen test you are eligible to enroll in the Therapy Dog Class. You will learn the skills needed to visit the facilities of your choice (hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, physical therapy centers, and schools) by practicing in simulated situations.
A free preview to the therapy dog class will be offered to CGC graduates once a month. Please contact the Training School at (763) 489-2217 to register for upcoming preview classes.
Does your pet always seem to brighten the mood as it snuggles and nuzzles everyone in the room? Then it might have what it takes to be a therapy animal. Therapy work traditionally uses dogs, but there are a number of facilities and programs in the Twin Cities seeking small critters to come and visit. In fact, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs are in high demand at nursing homes, senior centers, schools, hospitals and other places where therapy animals help make a difference in people’s lives.
As part of the class, you and your pet will go through mock scenarios that are similar to what you would experience in a hospital or school setting. There are 20 visiting exercises that your pet must demonstrate to become a therapy animal. The class will help teach your pet behavior that is reliable, controllable and predictable. To become registered as a therapy animal team, you and your pet need to pass a Pet Partners evaluation.
To learn more about therapy animals, attend an Introduction to Therapy Animals session (registration required, no cost) at the Animal Humane Society nearest you. Training classes are offered several times a year for Therapy Cats and Therapy Rabbits/Guinea Pigs. For more information, please call (763) 489-2217 or contact us online.
Therapy Dog Class
Call (763) 489-2217 or contact us online for more information.
Therapy Rabbit and Guinea Pig Class
Classes are held at the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society site (directions)
Call (763) 489-2217 or contact us online for more information and upcoming class dates.
Have you already completed a therapy animal Program? Are you interested in joining a group of other active volunteer teams? Animal Humane Society's Animal Ambassadors are volunteers who, along with their pets, provide animal-assisted therapy and activities in assisted living facilities, libraries, schools, hospitals and airports throughout the Twin Cities metro area. These unique volunteers bring comfort, learning, and fun to the people they reach. In addition to regular therapy visiting, the Animal Ambassadors group meets quarterly for social time and learning opportunities.
To request a visit from the Animal Ambassadors at your facility, call (763) 432-4847.
Our mission, vision, and values
Mission: To engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.
Vision: To compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals.
Values: Be good to animals. Partner with people. Lead responsibly with compassion.