Interested in being an Pet Partners® Team?

Central Arkansas Pet Partners helps others to become Pet Partners® teams by sponsoring Pet Partners® Handler Workshops and Pet Partners® Evaluations four (4) times a calendar year. We also offer Paws n’ Practice sessions so hopeful teams can judge if they are ready to evaluate.

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Central Arkansas Pet Partners

Central Arkansas Pet Partners, a Pet Partners® Community Group, is a 501(c)(3), a non-profit group of registered Pet Partners® teams visiting hospitals, schools and other facilities and special events in the central Arkansas area. Our mission is to bring hope and healing to others through the human animal bond. Our teams participate in Animal Assisted Interventions of both Animal Assisted Activities, therapy and education. The former includes activities which provide opportunities for motivational,


educational or recreational benefits to help patients feel better and happier and includes visits to nursing homes and visits to children in their hospital rooms. Animal assisted therapy includes activities which are goal directed and under the care of a health professional such as working with a child and their therapist to recover range of motion by throwing a ball or walking with an animal down a hallway. Educational interventions include Pet Partners® Read with Me, Community Education, Safety Programs and Bite Prevention in the schools. You will always find smiles on the faces of patients, families and the staff who have received a visit from one of our teams.

Our Mission:

Pet Partners’ mission is to bring hope, comfort and healing to others through the human/animal bond.


Our Goals:

  • Provide support and mentoring for current and future volunteers.

  • Serve as contact point for organizations that are interested in beginning or expanding Animal Assisted Intervention programs in

       hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, schools and other facilities.

  • Provide community education on the wide variety of health benefits enhanced by the human-animal connection including:

    • Reduce blood pressure and lower anxiety

    • Stimulate the release of endorphins, which help people feel good and is important for those feeling isolated or depressed

    • Encouraging exercise which helps in living more independent & fulfilling lives

    • Increases a sense of community

  • Networking Opportunities: Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of odd-numbered months.