Pet Partners Handler Workshop

Prepare yourself for the rewarding experience of volunteering with your pet. Learn the skills needed to visit safely & effectively with your animal in hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms, & other facilities. A comprehensive review of the evaluation that you and your animal partner will need to take will also be completed in this course.

Volunteering with your pet is a great way to connect with your four legged family member and will be the best volunteer job you’ve ever had.  There is nothing like the way an animal can touch people’s lives when they need it most.  It’s an honor for you to be on the other end of the leash.

Cost $60. Registration is required.  THIS IS A HANDLER ONLY COURSE, NO PETS PLEASE.
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The Invisible Visit – An Inside Look at Pet Therapy

Have you ever wanted to volunteer with your pet as a therapy animal team? Come find out what makes the magic happen on a pet therapy visit – whether you’re simply curious, are new to animal assisted interactions, or you have been visiting for years… discover new techniques and better ways to use old ones. You will also hear about the process to get started in pet therapy.

Don’t miss hearing from the engaging and dynamic Rev. Liz Teal!!

The Rev. Elizabeth Teal is the spiritual director for The Ministry of Animals and the educational director for Giving Paws, the chaplaincy wing of The Ministry of Animals. She has been involved in animal-assisted interactions since 1985. She is an international speaker on human/pet interactions and served for many years as the lead trainer for Pattes Tendues in Geneva, Switzerland. She worked for the New York City headquarters of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and was on the first Pet Partners’ National Committee, as well as being an instructor and evaluator for the program. She was on the board of the Society of North American Dog Trainers and was a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Doors open at 5:30 pm, light refreshments will be served.