Love people and have a friendly, easy-going dog? Learn about enhancing the lives of people through the Pet Encounter Therapy program.
When you give a dog a little love, the sky’s the limit. Find out how therapy dogs Hudson and Pilot are changing lives in San Diego.
Happy Work Like a Dog Day! We know of many dogs who work hard to enhance the quality of life for people, and even other animals, around them. Today, we are celebrating those working dogs who make the world a better place!
During Pet Encounter Therapy visits, we have seen many miraculous things such as movement from an unresponsive patient or heard words spoken for the first time – all to the amazement of fellow residents, staff members and Pet Encounter Therapy volunteers. Experience our favorite and most heartwarming moments.
Harriet joyfully worked in the PET program and touched the lives of thousands of children and adults. Her specialty was reaching out to those individuals that couldn’t reach out to her. It is with incredible sadness to share that Harriet, our close friend, has passed away. Staff and volunteers surrounded her with love as her spirit was set free.
This generous donation will help us to provide many of these kids with the unconditional love of our special animals on every visit. They depend on our therapy animals to be there so they can listen to their fears, offer a furry shoulder to hug and a wagging tail to let them know that they are loved.
Umbrella Cockatoo Enhances Lives Across San Diego Have you met Harriet, our Umbrella Cockatoo Therapy Bird? Animals often bring out the best in people. They can calm hyperactive children or […]
Happy Birthday to these amazing Education and Pet Encounter Therapy Animals! Bodhi, the Leopard Gecko (03/1999) Argos, the Bearded Dragon (04/2004) Tina & Una, White’s Tree Frogs (03/2007 & 04/2002) […]
Hello and Goodbye We had a brand new arrival at the Pet Encounter Therapy Department last week! Her name is Lily and she is a stunning dwarf rabbit with a […]
The Pet Encounter Therapy (P.E.T.) Program brings the unconditional love and tactile benefits of animals to people in facilities such as abused children’s shelters, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, and senior centers. […]