Animal Assisted Therapy


Welcome and thank you for your interest in Butte Humane Society’s bhs-animal-assisted-therapyAnimal Assisted Activities & Therapy Program! AAA & AAT is an enriching and beneficial activity for recipients as well as rewarding for providers.

A recent study conducted at UCLA Medical Center and published by the American Heart Association showed that visits by volunteer-dog teams had a measurable positive effect on the variables that characterize heart failure. Pet therapy has a very real role in helping more members of our society to live their lives in an inclusive fashion, to reach out to others, to educate our communities, while also helping to stem the ever-rising tide of human loneliness and social disconnectedness.

We are currently seeking caring volunteers with friendly and well-mannered dogs interested in visiting with residents and staff at Enloe and the other facilities we partner with.

All Teams must follow the steps below before admittance into the program:

  • Orientation
  • Preliminary Evaluation
  • Shadow Visit
  • Pet Partners Registration (Fees Involved)
    • Mandatory Handler Training Course (Online or Workshop)
    • Mandatory Animal Health Screening (Veterinarian)
    • Optional but recommended Evaluation Prep Class (4 weekly classes)
    • Pet Partners Evaluation
  • Supervised Visit

If you are already registered with Pet Partners and interested in visiting our partner facilities, some of the above steps will be waived.


Spring Training Schedule


Orientation: Monday, March 6 – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Enloe Conference Center, 1531 Esplanade in Chico

Pet Partners Handler Workshop: Online at

Evaluation Prep Course w/ Shelly KeelMarch 24 to April 21, 2017 (weekly class, sign up deadline 3/17)

Pet Partner’s Evaluation: April 29, 2017


Ready to be part of the BHS Animal-Assisted Activities & Therapy team? Fill out your Volunteer Application and submit to Rachel Dell’Agostino at


We are currently coordinating visits to the following facilities:

  • Amber Grove
  • Country House
  • Windchime
  • The Terraces
  • Angel’s Care Home
  • Bright Haven Home for the Elderly
  • The Oakmont

If you are interested in receiving visits at your facility or getting more information about our program, please contact our Outreach Coordinator at (530) 343-7917 x 107 or