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) but you will be required to attend a volunteer orientation.
    • 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.
    • If the team meets all of HSSC’s requirements, they will be charged a one time fee of $40.00 and issued a shirt, identification lanyard and bandana for their animal. Thereafter they will be charged an annual fee of $30.00 to maintain their membership in the program.

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

Please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Ginny Armington at 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. 售卖中