WHO IS PET PARTNERS (formerly known as Delta Society)?
Pet Partners is a not-for-profit human-services organization dedicated to improving people’s health and wellbeing, through positive interactions with animals. For over thirty five years they went by the name Delta Soceity Pet Partners and in 2011 formally changed their name to simply Pet Partners.
At the heart of all Pet Partners programs is a research foundation which demonstrates that when animals are around, people’s blood pressure goes down, stress and anxiety levels are reduced, people feel less lonely and less depressed, and they tend to be more social and community oriented. Pet Partners was the first to identify the criteria for Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) versus Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). And continues to set the standard.
The Pet Partners program was established to ensure that “both ends of the leash,” people as well as animals, were well-prepared to participate in animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy programs. Pet Partners is the only national registry that requires volunteer training and screening of animal-handler teams and re-evaluation every two years to ensure quality control. Over 10,000 handler/animal teams are currently registered with Delta Society across fourteen countries, each team having gone through rigorous and extensive training by a licensed Pet Partners Instructor and tested by a licensed Pet Partners Evaluator.
WHO IS LOVE DOG ADVENTURES?
Sue Grundfest is a licensed Pet Partners Instructor and Evaluator and professional dog trainer. Sue is licensed to evaluate dogs, cats, pigs and horses for Pet Partners and created Love Dog Adventures to bring a Pet Partners-only AAA/AAT program to Las Vegas. Love Dog Adventures is the volunteer arm of Sue’s professional business, Love Dog Las Vegas.
All of the handler/animal teams have been selected, trained and tested by Sue and uphold Pet Partners standard of excellence.
Love Dog Adventures creates unique, customized programs for a variety of environments and populations harnessing the healing power of pets in a therapeutic or educational setting.
And it all started with one fluffy poodle… watch the story of the Love Dogs.