Columbia River Pet Partners

Columbia River Pet Partners is a Community Partner of the national Pet Partners organization. We are based in Vancouver, WA, just across the Columbia River from Portland, OR, and serve the greater Vancouver–Portland area and beyond.

Our mission is to enrich people's lives and promote health and happiness through positive human-animal interactions, with a primary goal of increasing the number of therapy animal teams volunteering in our communities.

We accomplish this by engaging in events and activities that promote an awareness of the benefits of animal-assisted therapy, and by mentoring those interested in sharing their animals’ love with those in need. We recruit, train and evaluate therapy animal teams and match them with facilities in our communities.

Our therapy animal teams regularly visit a wide variety of facilities including schools, libraries, retirement homes, assisted living homes, nursing homes, hospitals and hospices. We even comfort children in dental offices.


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Serving our community

We benefit from the support we give to each other working as a group. While our animals are always the stars in the spotlight, we enjoy the camaraderie of working together toward the common goal of helping others.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you to learn more about the work we do. We truly find that we gain much more from this work than we could possibly give.

Peter Christensen
President, Columbia River Pet Partners

We Thank the Following for Their Support