Pet-Assisted Therapy

San Diego Humane Society has been bringing the joy of animals to people for more than thirty years through its Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) Program!

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The Pet-Assisted Therapy program is designed to share animals with people of all ages in care facilities, including convalescent homes, hospitals, mental health centers, abused children’s homes, and juvenile detention centers. Volunteers bring rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and dogs to visit people who aren’t able to experience the joys of pet ownership. Our program proudly serves over 20,000 clients each year.

Pet-Assisted Therapy Site Visits

P-AT visits are conducted at care facilities throughout San Diego county.  Due to the popularity of our program, there is a waiting list of approximately 6 months for visits.  Facilities receive monthly visits for a term of 6-12 months.  At the end of this time, a facility may be placed back on the waiting list for future visits. There is a $40 per visit fee, however, this is waived for nonprofit organizations.

Request P-AT visits to your orginization

Welcome Waggin’ Home Visits

Part of the P-AT program, San Diego Humane Society’s Welcome Waggin’ volunteers provide the love and companionship of animals to people in their own homes. There is no charge for this program and we visit homes throughout San Diego County.

Request a Welcome Waggin’ visit

De-Stress Events

We offer one-time P-AT “de-stress” events to corporate and college groups. Organizations have a choice between our P-AT team (a rabbit, dog, guinea pigs and rats),  or dogs only for these events.

Request a de-stress P-AT visit

YOUR DOG, THE canine ambassador VOLUNTEER

The dogs who participate in our P-AT program have passed the Canine Good Citizen test and an assessment with small pets.  These Canine Ambassadors and their people (a P-AT volunteer) provide an extra dimension of happiness to clients.

If you are interested in volunteering with your dog in this role:

Review our Canine Ambassador requirements