Central Arkansas Pet Partners TEAM VISITS
Once you have become a registered Pet Partners® team, we have many facilities who are just waiting for your visit. Some of our locations in the Little Rock area who are currently looking for teams to visit are described below. Many of these locations require screening, orientations to their individual facility, and background checks before visiting.
There is always something fun going on with Pet Partners of Central Arkansas. We have many facilities that are waiting for Pet Partner Therapy teams to visit. Sometimes we just have a good time being with each other.
For further information on Pet Partners of Central Arkansas Team Visits,
feel free to contact Georgann Freasier, Facilities Coordinator.
Below is a list of our current visiting locations:
Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH):
ACH started it all with their TAILS program. They knew the importance of animal assisted activities and therapy and the affects that animals have on recovery for their patients. There is nothing like seeing a child’s face light up and the noticeable difference a visit with a pet can make in recovery. Pet Partner teams have volunteer opportunities in the Radiology Clinic on Tuesdays, Playroom on Wednesdays and HemOc clinic on Thursdays. Also ACH often calls on Pet Partner teams to make private room visits to children who have requested a visit.
Arkansas Heart Hospital:
1701 South Shackleford Road, Little Rock, AR 72211 (501) 219-7000
Arkansas Heart Hospital is specialty care facility dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The hospital is designed for close patient care with 16 Nursing Pods caring for only seven patients each for a total of 112 patient beds. The Animal Assisted Therapy program began, in conjunction with Pet Partners of Central Arkansas (community group of Pet Partners®), in May, 2017.
Following an orientation, teams are welcome to visit any time of day or day of the week. Procedures for visiting are covered during orientation. Staff are always accessible for assistance. Visits will be in individual patient rooms.
Arkansas State Hospital (ASH):
In the PAWSITIVE program at ASH teams visit with adult psychiatric patients in a classroom type environment with staff supervision present.
Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
1 Airport Road, Little Rock, AR.
In 2018 Clinton National Airport introduced their animal assisted intervention program named Bow Wow Buddies. Central Arkansas Pet Partners teams are present as Bow Wow Buddies on the concourse and baggage areas to bring comfort to travelers. Currently over 25 teams visit the airport.
CHI St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital:
Designed to return patients to leading active, independent lives, St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital, is a 60-bed acute rehabilitation facility that provides a higher level of comprehensive rehabilitation services.
Good Shepherd Community
3001 Aldersgate Rd., Little Rock, AR 72205
A retirement community with some assistance.
Inspiration Day Treatment:
Inspiration Day Treatment, Inc., JACO accredited and affiliated with NAMI., has a full staff of experienced Mental Health Professionals to help with individual, group and family therapy for adults.
Methodist Family Health Group:
Methodist Family Health Group offers two opportunities for pet therapy volunteers in Central Arkansas. There is the Methodist Behavioral Hospital located in Maumelle, Arkansas and the Methodist Children’s Home near downtown Little Rock. Both facilities are behavioral resident care facilities for children and youth. You and your pet partner will have the opportunity to interact with youths individually and in small groups. These facilities also offer special events such as summer camp programs with involvement by their participating pet partner teams.
Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Health Care System:
Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral HealthCare has provided mental health services to families in Arkansas and surrounding states since 1991. They specialize in programs for children ages 5-17 with individualized treatment for each child. Their mission is to provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment and believe that early intervention is key to a child’s success.
Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center
3001 W. Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, AR 72204
This is a youth short term detention facility.
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS):
UAMS is a unique environment in that you and your pet may visit with a variety of people. The SPOT (Special Pets Offering Therapy) program brings smiles to many patients and families but also to physicians, nurses and other staff member who stop by for a warm furry lift to their day. Though UAMS is a very busy hospital, everyone is excited on pet visiting days. Visitation opportunities are currently available in surgical and ICU step-down rooms on the eighth floor, and rooms in the AntePartum unit on the seventh floor.
Youth Home is a UNIQUE treatment facility where youth and families find hope. It serves emotionally troubled youth from every section of our state. For the past 40 years, Youth Home’s mission has remained the same, helping emotionally troubled youth and families become healthier, contributing members of their communities. Youth Home’s facility is located on 90 beautiful acres in West Little Rock. When visiting the facility, you will find the kids to be inquisitive, fun and very excited to engage with you and your dog. The staff is willing to accommodate your schedule and plan activities that best suit your needs.
In addition to our regular site visits, we are often asked to bring teams for special events such as:
Therapeutic Arts Festival for special needs children
Stress relief for college students during finals
Camp Healing Hearts, a grief camp for children
Dog Safety for Children
Animal Assisted READING with children
Read with Me