Pet Partners® of Havasu

Changing Lives - One person at a time

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Mission Statement

To share the unconditional love of our pets with the community as alternative therapy.
To heal, calm, socialize, motivate and bring comfort and smiles to the people we visit.
To promote “animals helping people” thereby improving their health, independence and quality of life.


Are you interested in becoming a Pet Partner?

Pet Partners ® of Havasu welcomes a wide variety of animals. You do not have to have an animal to become a Pet Partner.

Pet Partners ® of Havasu holds two orientation classes each year. The orientation includes information about how to become a Pet Partner Team and responsibly assist in sharing the unconditional love of your pet for local animal-assisted activities. By being part of a Pet Partner team you will experience the psychological and emotional healing power between humans and animals.

The next orientation will be

September 19th 2015, 10am
Mohave County Library Lake Havasu City

Please do not bring your dogs to the orientation

Pet Partners ® of Havasu Dog Training Classes are held twice a year, for potential Pet Partner teams.

We require that you and your dog have had some previous basic obedient training. Formal dog training is the first step to becoming a Pet Partner team.

In evaluating potential therapy teams, Pet Partners ® assesses both skills and aptitude for doing therapy work. Many of the exercises in the Pet Partners ® evaluation are similar, if not identical, to those in the AKC Canine Good Citizen program.

The next training course will begin

Mondays September 28th - November 30, 2015
Time: 6 -7pm
Location information to be provided at Orientation
Click Here for Orientation Flyer

Want more information or can’t make the orientation? - Please fill out the contact us form and someone will contact you.

The Handler

Handlers must possess the skills and knowledge required to visit people in various types of facilities. It is critical that the handlers have an interest in people and enjoy visiting, even in noisy, crowed environments. The handler must also have good control of, and communication with, their animal.

Handlers should demonstrate that they:

  • Are reliable
  • Have control of their animals at all times
  • Inspire confidence in the person s/he is interacting with
  • Actively engage in interactions with people and accept and forgive differences in people's reactions and behavior
  • Is a proactive advocate for their animal
  • Is a considerate and caring leader

The Animal

Animals should have at least a basic level of training so they are predictable and under control, even in crowded situations and when there are loud noises. They must be well-behaved and have good manners. It is important that animals that participate in animal assisted activities/therapy must have an interest in people and enjoy visiting.

The animal should demonstrate that it:

  • Is reliable
  • Is controllable
  • Is predictable
  • Inspires confidence in the person s/he is interacting with
  • The animal should also actively solicit interaction with people and accept differences in people's reactions and behaviors.
  • Is comfortable being crowded by a group of people

In evaluating potential therapy teams, Pet Partners ® assesses both skills and aptitude for doing therapy work. This ensures our facilities that the animal has the necessary training to ensure that they are controllable, and has the aptitude necessary to remain predictable and reliable in a variety of situations and settings. The handler must also demonstrate social skills and aptitude for working with a variety of people in different settings. The success of a visiting animal program depends upon the ability of a handler and their animal to work together as a team.

Contact Us

Pet Partners ® Havasu

PO Box 3412
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 

Federal Tax ID:

Phone: (928) 486-1966

Our Goals
  • To expand public awareness of the positive effects animals can have on human health and development.
  • Reduce barriers that prevent involvement of animals in everyday life.
  • Bring animal assisted activities to more people.
  • Increase the number of therapy dogs to meet the needs of the community.
  • To expand existing programs and introduce new programs to meet the needs of our community.