Columbia River Pet Partners
Columbia River Pet Partners serves the communities of the Columbia River Basin including the greater VancouverPortland area, west to Astoria and east to Camas, north to Ridgefield and south to Oregon City.
Our purpose is to serve our communities by working to increase the number of therapy animal teams sharing their animals’ love with those in need. How we help others with our animals was most eloquently described by Betty White, actress and long-time Pet Partners supporter:
"Dogs, cats, and other pets, by their simple companionship and unconditional affection, are natural healers. They lower blood pressure, speed recovery, reduce the need for medication, and soothe the spirits of people in distress."
Our members volunteer with their animals throughout our communities. We regularly visit a wide variety of facilities including schools, libraries, retirement homes, assisted living homes, nursing homes, hospitals and hospices.
Some of our other activities include:
Presentations on the benefits of animal-assisted therapy.
Participation in community events.
Staffing stress reduction events at colleges and universities.
Mentoring those joining us in our work.
Conducting classes and evaluations for new Pet Partners teams.
|Ted Powell & Gretchen, Joan Powell & Jackson, Debora Owen & Dixie, Bruce Greenberg & Ted, Michael Richardson & Crunch, and Scotty Richardson & Harlow||Bruce Greenberg and Ted with evaluator Michael Richardson earning their Complex rating|
We also 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 companionship 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.
President, Columbia River Pet Partners
This Video Presents an Overview of the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program