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Seattle Pet Therapy Meetup Group Pages

Woofs, wags and welcome to Seattle's Pet Therapy Meetup!

This meet up is for anyone who is participating in pet therapy in the Greater Puget Sound region or anyone that is interested in pursuing pet therapy or simply likes what we do for the community with our pet therapy animals. We like to think of pet therapy as an emotional band aid. We can and do make a difference in our community with the simple kind act of sharing our pet with others.

We are also happy to help anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer with their animal and determine if their best friend is well suited to therapy work, and we can refer you to training classes in your home area.

If you are interested in becoming a pet therapy team member please review the information on becoming a Reading with Rover D.R.E.A.M. dog team member or visit Delta Society to become a Pet Partner. We are happy to help you find a pet therapy class that will best prepare you and your pet to successfully pass the therapy test for Delta Society or Reading with Rover.

Our goal here is to encourage, help and support anyone that is interested in pet therapy. Organizations like Reading with Rover accepts dogless volunteers so even if you don't have a pet dog, there are opportunities to help pet therapy organizations and we hope that by meeting up we can help and encourage you on this journey of pet therapy voluntarism.

Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows of the tremendous love and acceptance pets bring. Pets don't care how we look or even how we act; they love us unconditionally. For children and adults who are in difficult life situations, pets can be of special benefit. Petting a dog, for instance, has been shown to lower blood pressure. Animals can often reach people when human relationships may be difficult. Scientific research has shown that interaction with animals can significantly improve humans' physical and emotional health. Put as simply as possible, pets make people feel good and they help healing happen.

For me personally it feeds my heart and soul to volunteer with my dogs helping children with special needs. It also makes me feel great to help others become pet therapy teams and watch them make a difference in the lives of others.

Sincerely,

Becky Bishop, Organizer
Executive Director Reading with Rover

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