Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT)
The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA has been bringing the joys of animals to people for more than 30 years through its Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) Program.
The program is designed to share animals with people of all ages in care facilities such as convalescent homes, hospitals, mental health centers, abused children's homes and juvenile detention centers. Volunteers bring resident rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and sometimes available puppies and kittens to visit people who aren't able to experience the joys of pet ownership.
Many volunteers have taken their dogs through a special class called Canine Good Citizen and their dogs have passed the Canine Good Citizen test. Once the dogs have been approved, they're allowed to go out as therapy dogs with their owners. These dogs and people provide an extra dimension of happiness to the residents who look forward to seeing them each month.
Pet-Assisted Therapy Information:
Welcome Waggin' Program
Current Volunteer Opportunities & Application Information
How to Make Your Dog a Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) Dog
For more information contact the P-AT Coordinator:
(619) 299-7012, ext. 2271 or email@example.com