“Special Animals Helping Special People”
Pet Partners ® of Havasu began working as an organization in July 2004. Pet Partners ® of Havasu teams visit local nursing homes, assisted living facilities, Alzheimer centers, hospitals, and elementary schools, as well as clients in Hospice and people with special needs. Visiting with the teams reduces stress, lowers heart rate and blood pressure, and helps clients with memory problems. The teams also participate in our PAWS for Reading and WAGS programs at our local schools.
Our teams are registered with Pet Partners ®, an international non-profit organization with the mission of "touching lives, improving health" through therapy animals. Pet Partners ® is the only national registry that requires training and screening for both the handler and animal. Volunteer teams are re-evaluated every two years, to safely bring the emotional benefits of human-animal interactions to our community.
Pet Partners ® of Havasu is proud to be a fully credentialed and regulated organization to ensure your safety.
Precious Animals With Students (PAWS) For Reading Program
“Helping Tomorrow’s Leaders Be Better Readers”
Working one-on-one with our PAWS for Reading program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing the powerful method of reading to a dog, but not just any dog. These special animals volunteer with their owners as Pet Partners ® teams, offering students an irresistible opportunity to improve their reading in a setting that has proven to be not only effective, but fun. Fun is a powerful motivating force for learning that is often overlooked.
Warm And Gentle Support (WAGS) Groups...
help students understand their emotions and provide skills to cope with them using therapy dogs, who have had many similar experiences. This helps students learn safe, healthy, and positive ways to self manage stress. The 7-week program covers: Managing Disappointments, Coping with Rejection and Teasing, Coping with Loss or Separation (not death or dying), Coping with Change, Coping with Betrayal, and Coping with Self-Esteem.
Our Volunteers are an integral part of our team. Without volunteers, we could not provide the kind of service that is beneficial to our community. As a Pet Partner ® volunteer, we are in a helping relationship with other people, with a vision to add more programs to support our community’s needs.
Pet Partners ® formerly Delta Society® is the leading international organization for promoting the human-animal bond.
The Pet Partners ® program was established in 1990 to ensure that "both ends of the leash," people as well as animals were well-prepared to participate in animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy programs. Pet Partners ® is the only national registry that requires volunteer training and screening of animal-handler teams.
Learn more about Pet Partners ® by visiting their website: www.petpartners.org