Welcome and thank you for your interest in Butte Humane Society’s Healing Paws – Animal Assisted Wellness Program! Healing Paws is an enriching and beneficial activity for recipients as well as rewarding for providers.
It is common to hear that therapy animals are born not made. We are looking for animals who enjoy interacting with people in a friendly but controllable manner. The human component of a team should also enjoy interacting with people in a friendly, caring, and respectful manner. It should be evident that animals and their handlers have a good relationship with each other based on positivity and trust.
Butte Humane Society partners with a number of facilities that have requested our therapy animal teams to visit with their staff and residents. Once you and your animal(s) have completed the application and interview process, as well as passed the evaluations, you will be given access to our visiting calendar to sign up for shifts at our partner facilities. Sometimes you may be the only visiting team, and sometimes there will be other teams visiting at the same time. If there is nothing on the visiting calendar that works with your schedule please contact the Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator as some facilities are open to receiving visits at other times than we have scheduled.
All Teams must follow the steps below before admittance into the program:
Step 1: Submit an application (Online)
Step 2: Attend an interview and Aptitude Evaluation
Step 3: Read the Therapy Team Orientation Guide and Submit Completed Exam
Step 4: Shadow a team visiting a facility
Step 5: Pass the Therapy Team Evaluation
Step 6: Mentor Visit at Facility
For more information please contact the program coordinator, Rachel Dell’Agostino at firstname.lastname@example.org!