Rules for Animals in the Pet Therapy
As a representative of
the Humane Society of Calloway County, a Pet Therapy volunteer is
read and abide by the policies stated below:
∙Dogs and cats must be on a leash and under their
handler's control at all times. Other animals must also be restrained
from escape in some way - cage or harness and leash.
∙Puppies and kittens under one year of age must be
closely monitored, both for behavior and for signs of stress.
∙Dogs and cats must have up-to-date rabies shots, and
must wear ID and rabies tags. Dogs should be licensed.
∙It is strongly preferred that therapy animals be
spayed or neutered.
∙Whenever possible, dogs should be certified by
Therapy Dogs International, Inc. At the very least, they should have
basic obedience training.
∙New animals in the program must be screened by the
Director during or before the initial Pet Therapy visit or activity.
∙Animals must be healthy, clean and well-groomed.
∙Animals must not be aggressive toward people or other
∙At the resident's request, a small animal may be held
to a lap or bed, but the owner must be the one actually holding the
animal at all times.
∙Animals must never be left unattended while
participating in a Pet Therapy program.
Pet Assisted Therapy
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