Welcome to Animal Friends Therapets! Since the 1980’s Animal Friends staff and volunteers have actively engaged the community through pet therapy to enhance the human-animal bond. Our volunteers visit a variety of different settings with their certified therapy pets and we are always on the lookout for new facilities to visit and new ways to share this important therapeutic service.
So what is pet therapy anyway?
On the road…
Our experienced and trained volunteer teams are active throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania visiting with folks who need a little animal companionship to bring smiles to their faces! You might see us on one of the many local college campuses for a stress relief clinic during exam time. Visiting a loved one in the hospital? You might see one of our therapy dogs wagging her tail through the hallway to visit with sick patients! What about a residential treatment facility for children with mental disabilities? We’re there too; ready with doggie kisses and a friendly smile. We also can’t forget about how much senior community residents enjoy petting the soft fur of a therapy rabbit!
In addition to our work in the community we also host a number of events on-site at the beautiful Animal Friends Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center. We regularly welcome visitors from local senior communities, mental health facilities and life skills classrooms to attend our special event “Animal Afternoons” sessions. These events offer an opportunity for small groups of visitors to interact with one of our therapy animals and enjoy light refreshments along with a tour of our facility! Additionally, a number of special events are hosted on-site such as our annual "Sing-a-Long with the Animals" which offers pet therapy and music therapy to veterans and older adults around Memorial Day.
Pet Therapy can mean a lot of different things and Animal Friends is committed to touching as many lives as possible with this incredible therapeutic service!
Interested in becoming an Animal Friends Therapets volunteer? Click here!
Interested in bringing a group to Animal Friends or having Animal Friends Therapets visit you? Click here!
Please contact our Therapeutic Services Coordinator, Amy Martello, at 412.847.7026 or amartello@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org with questions.