Pet Facilitated Therapy (PFT)

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Pet Facilitated Therapy (PFT) is a visitation program designed to provide social, mental and physical stimulation to people through the use of temperament-tested animals. The program allows individuals and families in difficult circumstances to enjoy the healing presence of animals are a safe and therapeutic setting. PFT enhances and promotes healing, encourages interactions and facilitates communication. Humane Society for Southwest Washington PFT Volunteers utilize their own, approved animals to provide PFT visits in the southwest Washington community. PFT volunteers visit schools, nursing homes, retirement communities, summer camps, day cares, hospice centers, hospitals and local library branches.

Please note: The Pet Facilitated Therapy Program is not a program designed to train or certify service animals. Service animals such as guide dogs, signal dogs, or dogs individually trained to provide assistance to any individual with a disability must be trained and certified through a program recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Therapy animals certified as part of the PFT program at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington are used as adjuncts to therapy with a trained human counterpart ONLY.

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington now partners with the Delta Society to certify and place PFT teams in the community. Individuals interested in working with the Humane Society to provide PFT services to the southwest Washington community must complete a Delta Society Team Training Course and successfully pass a Delta Society Team Evaluation before beginning their service. The Humane Society for Southwest Washington holds regular training courses and evaluations in the Community Education room at the Humane Society's east Vancouver animal shelter located at 1100 NE 192nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98684. Please see dates for our upcoming Delta Society classes below. For more information about the Delta Society, please visit their website.

Delta Society Certification at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington
Delta Society Pet Partners Team Training Course
Learn the skills needed to visit safely with your animal in hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms, and other facilities. Successful completion of this course, in instructor-led or home-study format, is required for registration as a Pet Partner. For information about the Pet Partners® Team Training Course click here.