Pet Facilitated Therapy (PFT) - Community Programs

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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 in a safe and therapeutic setting. PFT enhances and promotes healing, encourages positive interactions, and facilitates communication. The 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).

For more information about our Pet Facilitated Therapy, please contact our Humane Education and Outreach team:

Sam Ellingson
Outreach and Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
sellingson@southwesthumane.org
(360) 213.2626 office