Columbia River Pet Partners

Columbia River Pet Partners is a Vancouver, WA-based member group of the Pet Partners Community Partner program. We serve the communities of the Columbia River Basin including Vancouver, Portland, Astoria east to Camas and Ridgefield south to Oregon City.

Our purpose is to support the mission of our parent organization within our communities, “demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal interaction to improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of those we serve.” It is our goal to increase awareness in the work we do, and in turn increase participation and the measure of service we provide to our communities.

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."

Visiting with a Hospital Patient

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:

 Research-based presentations on the benefits of animal-assisted therapy.

 Participation in community events.

 Staffing stress reduction events, as is becoming popular at colleges and universities during finals times.

 Mentoring those interested in joining us in our work.

 Providing logistics support for our classes and evaluations.

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.

 Speaking to Your Organization:  If you would like one of our members to speak to your organization, please visit our Speakers page. It presents an overview of a typical presentation.

 Visits to Your Facility:  If you would like a registered Pet Partners therapy animal team to visit your facility, whether for a one-time event or on a regular basis, please send a note explaining the details of your request to

 Joining Our Organization:  If you are interested in learning about working with therapy animals, please begin with our Membership page. It will tell you about membership in our community organization, as well as in the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program.

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

This Video Presents an Overview of the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program