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CC/SPCA Pet Facilitated Therapy
103 South Hughes, Fresno, CA 93706-1207

Located in Fresno, California, the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including a pet facilitated therapy program.

“Create-a-Smile” Animal Assisted Therapy Team
237 Hill Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The “Create-A-Smile” Animal Assisted Therapy Team, a 501(c)(3) charitable project of International Wildlife Education and Conservation, promotes the human-animal bond and its healing benefits. This bond can be beneficial when used with mutual respect. Animal-Assisted-Therapy (AAT) and Animal-Assisted-Activities (AAA) are two therapeutic tools used to help reinforce the human-animal bond, proven to increase the recovery rate of patients, and successfully assist with a variety of physical, physiological, and psychological impairments.

Forget Me Not Farm
A program of the Humane Society of Sonoma County, CA
P.O. Box 1296, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Since 1992 the Forget Me Not Farm has been providing children who have experienced violence firsthand with an opportunity to become part of a nurturing series of meaningful relationships. The children plant seeds that grow into vegetables and flowers; they care for animals who become trusting companions; and they learn to accept the friendship and guidance of caring adults.

Friendship Foundation
P. O. Box 6525, Albany, CA 94706

Based in Albany, California, the Friendship Foundation is active in various communities of the east San Francisco Bay Area, including Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Richmond, and Orinda. Our program offers a unique approach to stress reduction for hospitalized patients by sharing volunteer-owned animals with the patients to aid in the healing process. Visiting animals include dogs, cats, kittens, rabbits and guinea pigs. All of these animals are carefully health and temperament screened every six months by our animal behaviorists and volunteer veterinarians. As is common in local organizations, teams visit as a group and are not certified to go out on their own.

Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services
P.O. Box 5099, San Jose, CA 95150

Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services’ mission is to consistently facilitate delivery of the love and affection of our volunteers and their pets. We enhance the lives and reopen the closed emotional doors of people with special needs. Our volunteers bring Furry Friends on visits to people who live in various kinds of institutions, e.g. nursing homes, facilities for disabled or seriously ill children, hospital rehabilitation wards, the Children’s Shelter, psychiatric facilities, etc. Currently our visits to facilities are in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, California.

Pam Lemke-Wright
Santa Cruz, CA

Pam and her dog Angus are registered Pet Partners. The Delta Society’s Pet Partners program prepares volunteer handlers and their animals to visit and interact with clients in a variety of settings. Animal assisted activities refers to the ‘meet and greet” programs in which animals visit patients in hospitals or other institutions, providing them with an opportunity to socialize with a friendly animal. Animal assisted therapy is the deliberate and systematic employment of animals in a professional care plan, with defined treatment goals. Some populations that have benefited from canine assisted activities and therapy include: nursing home residents, prison inmates, hospice clients and their families, special education students, autistic individuals, and both acute care and rehab hospital patients. Animal assisted therapy has been utilized as a treatment modality in numerous disciplines including social work, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, recreation therapy, education and nursing.

Lend a Heart – Lend a Hand Animal-Assisted Therapy, Inc.
P.O. Box 60617, Sacramento, CA 95860

Lend A Heart – Lend A Hand, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has been serving the Sacramento, CA area since 1987. All Lend A Heart volunteers donate their time, their pets and their talents; we have no paid staff. We are unique in that we visit all of our programs as a group and do not certify individual teams to go out on their own. We provide animal-assisted therapy (AAT) to approximately 14 local facilities on a monthly basis.

Love on a Leash, The Foundation for Pet Provided Therapy 
P. O. Box 6308, Oceanside, CA 92058
Contact Tracy Weldon, 760-729-4825

FPPT was founded to increase public awareness of the benefits of pet provided therapy, education to each community on the value of pet provided therapy, training, evaluation and certification procedures for therapy pets and their owners, companionship between pets and people, certified therapy pet visitations and guidance for their visits.

Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS)
3336 Twin Oaks Drive, Napa, CA 94558
Contact: Marilane Bergfelt, E-Mail:

Loving Animals Providing Smiles(LAPS)welcomes all types of domestic pets and their handlers into therapy work via registration with the Delta Society / Pet Partners Program. We focus on creating therapy programs where multiple teams work together to help the elderly, children with speical needs and troubled juveniles. Our visits take several forms – from educational programs, to visiting sessions, to working with professionals in one-on-one sessions addressing the needs of specific clients.

Ohlone Human Society “Hug a Pet” Therapy Program
PMB #108, 39120 Argonaut Way, Fremont, CA 94538-1304

Ohlone Humane Society hug-a-pet volunteers and their pets visit hospitals and convalescent homes on a monthly basis. Both pets and their owners, have been trained and approved for the program. Pet therapy gives patients and/or residents an opportunity to relate with loving companion animals. Studies have shown that visits like these have a positive effect on the health and rehabilitation of people.

Orange County SPCA PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)
9582 Hamilton Avenue, #164, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
714-596-7387, FAX: 714-596-5218

PAWS is a pet assisted therapy program sponsored by the Orange County SPCA to bring smiles and encouragement to the disabled, frail and bedridden residents of nursing homes and hospitals, and others in need of the stimulation that pets can provide. The PAWS pet assisted therapy program gives satisfaction to volunteers and patients alike, and helps to foster a better understanding and appreciation of the human-animal bond.

PAWS – Pets Are Wonderful Support
1121 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
415-241-1460, FAX: 415-503-0436

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) is a volunteer-based organization that helps improve the quality of life for persons with AIDS and other disabling illnesses by offering the emotional and practical support to keep the love and companionship of their pets, and by providing information on the benefits and risks of animal companionship.

Paws and Hearts
74-854 Velie Way, Suite 7, Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-836-1406, FAX: 760-836-1426

Paws and Hearts was formed in the summer of 2000 with the sole purpose of sharing a little canine love and joy with our many seniors living in facilities who are no longer able to care for a pet themselves. The volunteers take their four-legged pals and visit these center on a weekly basis. The commitment the volunteer makes to the proram is to return on a weekly basis at the same time, because consistency and familiarity is so important. Since its inception, Paws and Hearts has extended its visitations to children’s hospitals and facilities.

Paws For Healing
1370 Trancas Street, PMB 127, Napa, CA 94558
Contact: Meir Horvitz, E-Mail:

Our mission is to train and provide canine-assisted therapy (C.A.T.) teams that enhance the quality of life for those in health care and educational facilities with special needs.

We are a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Paws for Healing was founded in 1999 and has over 200 active teams visiting hospitals, mental health facilities, special education classes and adult day care centers, cancer units, hospice and cancer support groups, rehabilitation units, and assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

Paws’itiveTeams Therapy Dog Prep School
P. O. Box 27018, San Diego, CA 92198

Our fun but serious 6-week Therapy Dog Prep School course includes activities which will prepare both you and your dog for involvement with animal-assisted therapy programs. Our class is held at a local skilled nursing facility and includes an opportunity for some hands-on exposure to residents at the facility, as well as role playing opportunities and a safe environment for you to test your dog’s effectiveness in this career. This class is not designed to certify teams but rather to give both handler and dog the tools to become effective therapy teams and to be better prepared for tests conducted by the various programs. We spend time in each class in helping you identify the best therapy program for your needs then guide you in this process.

Pet Pals Program, High Desert Obedience Club, Inc.
P. O. Box 2901, Lancaster, CA 93539
661-266-7097, E-Mail:

High Desert Obedience Club’s “Pet Pals” Program – Do You Have a Pet That Is Even-Tempered … Tolerant … Well-Behaved … Interested in People … Healthy … Current on All Vaccinations … Likes to be Touched … Gets Along with Other Pets? – You May be Living With a Future Therapy Dog! Therapy Dogs Visit In Skilled Nursing Facilities ~ Acute Hospitals ~ Hospices ~ Retirement Homes ~ Psychiatric Facilities ~ Daycare Centers ~ Rehab Units ~ Homeless Shelters.

Renaissance Healing and Learning Center (Hippotherapy)
4815 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Contact: Fran Sandler Judd, Phone: 707-664-8919

Renaissance Healing and Leaning Center is a therapy center that was developed by Fran Sandler Judd, a physical therapist in Sonoma County, California, to utilize Hippotherapy (“treatment with the help of the horse”) to help provide benefits to patients with a variety of neurological and orthopedic conditions, that includes Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays, back pain, and other impairments. Fran Judd has been a physical therapist for 30 years, having experience working with patients who have neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis. She is also a registered therapeutic riding instructor, and has a Graduate Certificate in Hippotherapy from Western Michigan University’s College of Health and Human Services.

San Francisco SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy Program
2500-16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-4213

The San Francisco SPCA is a private, non-profit animal welfare organization. Its Animal Assisted Therapy Program brings the healing presence of animals to people in health care facilities citywide. Society volunteers take SF SPCA Program animals or their own pets on the visits: dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits – even cats. The SF SPCA was the first animal welfare organization to provide this invaluable service. Today,the Society’s program is considered a model in the field.

SMART Dogs, Inc.
8019 Bristol Road, Dublin, CA 94586-1642
Contact: Carolyn Day, E-Mail:

SMART Dogs’ mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the human-canine bond through service to the community, mentor programs, animal assisted therapy, responsible dog ownership, education and training. SMART Dogs’ regularly schedules animal assisted therapy visits to acute care hospitals, psychiatric institutions, rehabilitation facilities and convalescent homes.

Tender Loving Canines of Coronado
1112 First Street, PMB 172, Coronado, CA 92118
619-522-0766, 619-435-3549, FAX: 619-435-3490

TLC of Coronado provides Pet Assisted Therapy and Pet Assistance to a wide range of people with the intent to improve the quality of their lives. Our goals include providing, free of charge, Pet Therapy and Pet Assistance to the community, educating the public regarding the therapeutic value of animals for people.

P. O. Box 32288, Oakland, CA 94604-3588, (510) 287-9042

TherapyPets is an all-volunteer California non-profit public benefit 501(c)(3) corporation that facilitates animal-assisted therapy in the greater San Francisco-Oakland Bay area. TherapyPets has set guidelines for evaluation, registration, and visiting etiquette for dogs and other animals. TherapyPet volunteer teams are covered by insurance and visit nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities on their own schedule either by themselves or with other TherapyPet volunteer teams. Interested volunteer teams or facilities should contact TherapyPets at 510-652-2942, or by email