Pet Therapy Organizations
These are organizations where you would take your own pet to be evaluated. If your pet passes the evaluation, you can then do pet visitations at various hospitals and senior facilities.
Passing an evaluation through one of these organizations is completely separate from anyone that wants their dogs (or cats) to be with them at all times as assistance animals, or when a doctor states the person can have an animal with them at all times (due to a physical, mental, or emotional reason). To apply for this status, contact the animal control shelter in your city or county.
The local listings have their own evaluation process, and when the person passes that individual organization’s evaluation, the person can only volunteer to do visits at the places designated by those individual organizations
For national organizations, the person can visit any facility that will allow pet therapy visits once they have passed the evaluation with that individual organization
Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Therapy Dogs International