Petco Foundation Invests in Pet Partners’ Therapy Animal Program
Pet Partners received a $30,000 grant investment from the Petco Foundation to support its Therapy Animal Program.
The investment will help Pet Partners bring the healing power of therapy animals to even more people in need.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Petco Foundation, we’ll be able to expand our Therapy Animal Program and help more people experience the benefits of the human-animal bond through therapy animal visits,” said Annie Peters, Pet Partners president and CEO. “We’re honored to have an esteemed and trusted organization like the Petco Foundation join us in advancing the field of animal-assisted interventions.”
The investment was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes campaign which takes place each October in Petco locations nationwide to support the work of service, therapy and working animals.
Pet Partners’ Therapy Animal Program is made up of 10,000+ volunteers and their pets who touch a variety of clients in the U.S. and abroad including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with reading challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities and individuals nearing the end of life. Therapy animal teams also make visits under special circumstances to comfort those in need, such as the case during college midterms and finals, or after a natural disaster.