ABLEPaws offer four (4) Skills Practices and four (4) Evaluations per calendar year. These events require the help of numerous volunteers.
Volunteering during one of these events is a great way to view first hand what you and your animal need to do to become a Pet Partner team and to meet experienced Pet Partner handlers, instructors and evaluators.
If you are interested in volunteering during one of these events, please contact an ABLEPaws member HERE to arrange your involvement.
Pet Partners® website offers ways that you can Become a Handler HERE.
Participating in Animal Assisted Intervention can be one of the most meaningful activities you’ll encounter! We all love our pets and know they are special. However, not all pets have the temperament to tolerate the demands placed on them when asked to interact with strangers in varying conditions. For the sake of our animals and the public, we want to do all we can to ensure success for all parties. There is a process in getting started. Many places you may want to visit require the team (handler and animal) be evaluated and registered as ready to visit. A little preparation on the front end can go a long way to ensure success.
“Service Dog” refers to a dog trained to “work for” a person with a disability. That dog, actually, is not to be petted when out and about. Service Dog is a legal designation defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act and regulated by the Department of Justice. At one time animals such as primates could be designated as Service Animals. Since 2011, the regulations now confine that designation to only dogs (and in some instances, miniature horses).
Animal Assisted Therapy Animal, on the other hand, is all about people petting the animals. The Handler takes his/her pet (which has been evaluated and registered as a therapy animal), as a volunteer, to share with others. Many places require that the animal/handler team be evaluated by a nationally recognized organization, such as Pet Partners.