Becoming Pals for Life

A lonely individual stares at the same book she’s been reading for weeks, feeling no motivation to even lift her head. Suddenly, she hears the happy jingle of dog tags and looks up to see a fuzzy dog prance into her room, plant himself by her side, and lean in for a pat. A smile spreads across her face as she reaches down and strokes his soft fur. Both human and dog sigh in perfect contentment, happy to be in each other’s presence. This is a typical day for a therapy dog, and the hundreds of individuals that Pals For Life therapy animals visit and spread their puppy love.

Pals For Life brings companion animals to visit the residents of nursing homes, hospitals, mental health centers and schools.

Volunteers can have their own pets evaluated for therapy work by Pals For Life, and then bring those pets to visits that Pals For Life arranges.

Volunteers without pets of their own can still help by working in the Pals For Life office, caring for the resident therapy animals that reside there. Pals For Life: pets and people helping each other.

Contact: Kristen Abbott, Program Director,

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