What is AAT?
When pets visit public facilities such as hospitals and libraries, they bring with them unconditional love and proven psychological and medical benefits. A visit from an affectionate, trained companion animal and his or her handler is of immense emotional help to children and adults. AAT has been shown to enhance both physical and mental health.
The Oregon Humane Society can help individuals interested in this rewarding practice: check out our training opportunities below.
Not sure your dog is ready for this program? Consider scheduling a free pre-interview to help determine your dog's appropriateness for the program. Email us or call (503) 802-6713 to schedule.
What AAT Isn't
The Oregon Humane Society does not offer service dog training nor provide funding for individuals who want to acquire service dogs. Service Dogs are trained to be a companion to one person who often has a specific disability. You can find more information on these websites: www.affluent.net/sara/ or www.cci.org.
Training Opportunities at OHS
We offer training for both you and your pet so that you can become registered with the national organization Pet Partners.
I. Pet Partner All-Inclusive Training Course
Come learn the skills you need to provide caring, professional and safe visits with your pet to hospitals, assisted-living facilities, classrooms, libraries, schools and other facilities. The Pet Partner Class offers extensive instruction regarding the practice of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) along with role-playing exercises to improve your skills for visiting different types of people and settings. This classroom instruction is for people only; please leave pets at home.
II. AAT Pet Partner Class (for people only)
We offer an all day Pet Partner Class several times a year for handlers only.
Proceeds from registration fees support the animals and programs at OHS. Thank you!
Call the behavior department if you have any questions (503) 802-6713.