Pet Therapy & Humane Education

pet therapy

The HSSC Pet Therapy Program connects caring people and their special animals with opportunities to bring comfort, happiness and humane education to a wide range of adults and children throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  Our program provides:  registration, insurance, visit scheduling/coordination, and support to volunteers and their animals.

Interested in joining our Pet Therapy Team? Click here to complete an application and submit online.

  • You must also become an HSSC volunteer (no separate application required).
    • There will be a one hour orientation and a nominal fee will apply.
  • We do accept certified Pet Therapy dogs from other national organizations without re-testing.
  • If your dog has good potential and needs more training, we offer a four week course.

Would you like to discuss scheduling Pet Therapy visits to your facility or school? 

Please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Ginny Armington at garmington@hssc.org or 941.955.4131 x 114 for more information.

Our Pet Therapy Teams play a vital role in raising community awareness of the many joys of responsible pet ownership.  The soothing effects of touching and communicating with animals should be available to everyone faced with health challenges and we thank you for being willing to help us make that happen.