Pet Partners will evaluate a handler with a pet owned by someone else. The handler has to have known the pet for at least six months and have the owner’s permission, but this is an option for some volunteers.
All the other criteria to become a Pet Partner team are required.
So often we meet the most appropriate animal and one that should be out there working. But the owner is too busy or involved with other activities. Or they already have one Pet Partner animal and wish to volunteer with a second at the same time. Thus they need a second registered handler.
The very thorough Evaluation will determine if this new team knows one another well enough to go through the 22 elements and work as a team.
One of the Love Dog handlers is now working to be able to volunteer with her friend’s dog, Sage. Sage is a wonderful older dog who has lots to contribute and Leslie is a seasoned handler. First they are taking training classes together to become a partnership at both ends of the leash. The owner thinks it is a great idea and we all hope they pass their Evaluation in a few months.
So this is yet another option for people who wish to become Pet Partner volunteers and for those animals that have so much potential and need the proper handler.