Who is PeTS?
The Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta (PeTS) is a registered not-for-profit organization that provides free pet therapy services to facilities in and around Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Our human volunteers take their personal dogs and cats to assisted-living facilities, hospitals, corporate offices, senior-living apartments, prisons, airports, schools, libraries, and other locations, to give others a chance to interact with the animals.
What is Pet Therapy?
Pet therapy is a guided interaction between our volunteer’s personal companion animal and clients. This interaction generally involves clients petting the animal and conversing with the handler. During a pet therapy visit, our therapy animals are kept on-leash, with the handler always in control of the leash.
Our ratified dogs wear a flat collar with a quick release buckle and our cats wear a flat harness with quick release buckle. Our teams do not use prong collars, choke chains, head halters, martingale collars, front-clipping harnesses, or retractable leashes on a pet therapy visit.
The duration of an entire pet therapy visit is around 1 hour, with the pet therapy team spending a few minutes with each client.
We require our human volunteers to wear a PeTS-issued name tag, and carry their membership card and personal ID with them on visits. Our animal volunteers wear the appropriate collar/harness and a PeTS-issued bandana displaying our logo. Some of our facility partners may have additional uniform requirements, like volunteer t-shirts, closed-toe footwear, and facility ID badges.
Meet Some of Our Pet Volunteers
Each month we feature a few of our pet volunteers. We could not do it without them!
We love having The Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta teams in our facility! The dogs are very well screened and trained. They bring so much happiness to patients and families and provide welcome distractions when they need them the most!
These incredible pups provide wags, wiggles, cuddles and more to the many families staying at a Ronald McDonald House.They make the Houses feel even more like a home-away-from-home as families are missing their own furry friends when seeking medical treatment away from home. They also help families relax and feel comfort after long days at the hospital.These patient pups are doing an amazing job bringing smiles to families and we wanted to share those smiles with all of you!