Pet Partners Launches New Chapter in North Texas
Carrie Atkins, Pet Partners of North Texas program manager
Pet Partners opened its chapter, Pet Partners of North Texas.
“As Pet Partners and the demand for therapy animal visits continue to grow, we are committed to dedicating more localized resources across the country to organize and guide our volunteers,” said Annie Peters, president and CEO of Pet Partners. “With the formation of the North Texas Chapter, our dedicated volunteers will be empowered to more directly focus their efforts on sharing the love of their pets with those in need.”
Designed to meet the growing demand for therapy animal teams throughout the DFW Metroplex area, North Texas is one of four newly established Pet Partners chapters. It will combine the opportunities available in the local community with the best practices put in place by Pet Partners International Headquarters, and will serve as an extension of existing Pet Partners community-based groups.
To manage the North Texas Chapter, Pet Partners added two members to its staff.
Sharyn Casey holds the title of executive director of Pet Partners of North Texas. She comes to the Pet Partners staff with years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, non-profit management and fund development, having formerly served as the state director for Best Buddies Texas. Casey received her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from the University of Delaware.
Carrie Atkinson is the program manager for Pet Partners of North Texas. As a long-time Pet Partners volunteer, she served as a handler with three of her Jack Russell terriers since 2008 and an evaluator since 2015. Prior to her role with Pet Partners, Atkinson worked as a certified medical coder at US Anesthesia Partners in Dallas. She brings years of customer service experience, management and organizational skills to her latest position.
“With their previous work experience and their passion for sharing the human-animal bond with others, Sharyn and Carrie are the ideal candidates to continue the momentum of our chapter program,” said Peters. “We are thrilled to have them on our team and look forward to reaching more Texas residents through our therapy animal program.”