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Pet Partners

Sharing the Love of Therapy Animals

Bellevue, WA   |  http://www.petpartners.org

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Mission

Pet Partners' mission is to improve human health and wellness through the human-animal bond.

Ruling year info

1989

President & CEO

C. Annie Peters

Main address

345 118th Ave SE Suite 100

Bellevue, WA 98005 USA

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Formerly known as

Delta Society

EIN

91-1158281

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Loneliness is quickly being recognized by healthcare professionals as an illness that adversely affects human health. Similar to smoking, loneliness has been cited as a large risk factor for early death . Loneliness affects the health of all people: residents in nursing homes who rarely get visitors, children who are socially isolated, and patients struggling with prolonged loneliness due to hospitalization. Pet Partners aims to bridge the social isolation gap by bringing people and animals together. Our therapy animal teams provide crucial connections to people experiencing their toughest times in life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Therapy Animal Program

The Pet Partners Therapy Animal program registers, educates, supports, and insures thousands of therapy animal teams across the United States. These teams visit in diverse settings like hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. From Bellin the Siberian Husky, whose presence comforts children at a bereavement center, to Buddy the parrot, who instills a love of reading in students, our therapy animals change lives. Clients experience emotional, mental, and physical comfort and healing through their interactions with our teams, and Pet Partners is dedicated to expanding this service to as many people as possible.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of days taken to respond to customers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Therapy Animal Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Therapy Animal Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Nearly 3 million people were visited, according to those who used the "log of visit" feature of the Pet Partners website.

Number of new therapy animal teams registered each year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Therapy Animal Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of evaluations conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Therapy Animal Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of evaluation events that have occurred in a given year. The actual number of evaluation slots per event is not tracked.

Number of therapy animal teams

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Therapy Animal Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

*2021 was artificially inflated because we extended every teams registration due to lack of ability to conduct in-person evaluations.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Already recognized as the gold standard for therapy animal programs and the only national organization registering multiple species, we are committed to expanding the number of registered therapy animal teams and strengthening support for our existing teams. Pet Partners is always looking to provide more opportunities for handlers and their pets. Some areas for potential expansion include creating educational materials and training for teams wishing to volunteer in the criminal justice system, teams interested in the motivation for physical activity that an animal partner provides, and an evaluation to look for suitability for volunteering with children.

Longer terms objectives include the creation of the first grassroots advocacy network dedicated to advancing legislation and public policy in support of the human health benefits of the Human Animal Bond and expanding our efforts to advocate for the importance of companion animals for human health.

Pet Partners has recently leveraged board advised funds to invest in fundraising to ensure the long term stability and growth of Pet Partners. Pet Partners' expanded approach to fundraising will make the organization more sustainable and able to take on new programs so that more people can receive the physical and mental health benefits of the human animal bond.

Pet Partners has a wide network of thousands of volunteer therapy animal teams who are committed to bringing comfort and healing to those who need it most. Our volunteers are supported by a customer service team that responds to inquiries, provides tech support, and guides volunteers through the registration process. Pet Partners' online Volunteer Center lets teams know of volunteer opportunities in their community and includes ongoing educational materials. The Volunteer Center ensures that our teams stay engaged with our mission even after they have completed the registration process.

Pet Partners is constantly growing and improving as an organization. Recent successes include:
- The launch of two special initiatives: Read with Me and Walk with Me
- A new endorsement for teams who wish to visit with children
- The launch of the World's Largest Pet Walk, and awareness campaign to encourage healthy activity through walking with pets.
- Growth of our advocacy initiative, which will organize advocates around issues addressing the human-animal bond and therapy animals.

Upcoming goals include implementing an Animal-Assisted Crisis Response program and strengthening ties with local facilities and communities so we can better serve those in need of animal-assisted therapy.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pet Partners

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dana Brooks

Dana Brooks

Wilson Garone

Kay Mooney

Brian Schwartz

Brandon Antin

Stan Owens

Milton Pappas

April Shepard

Aubrey Fine

Carryl Pierre-Drews

Laura Walker

Lauren Apolito

Mary Craig

Sarah Chambless

Kristin Bloink

Christina Cartwright

Raquel Guevara

Tracy Knox

Melissa Martellotti

Jeff Oberto

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability