Pet Partners of Southern Arizona is a Community Partner of the national non-profit, Pet Partners. Our all-volunteer group  is a 501c3 organization working soley in the greater Tucson and Southern Arizona area. With our registered Pet Partners Therapy Animals at our side, we bring joy and comfort to others in places where pets traditionally are not allowed. 
A therapy animal is someone’s pet, who along with their handler, have been screened to be appropriate to visit people in places where animals are traditionally not allowed. Therapy animals are taken to hospitals, assisted-living and hospice centers, domestic violence shelters, libraries, schools and many other places. Therapy Animals can be dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses and other domesticated animals. 
Never underestimate the power of snuggles! Therapy animal visits can result in lowering patients’ blood-pressure, stress, and anxiety levels. They can help people forget about their pain and bring a sense of normalcy to those in need of a little joy and comfort. They can also inspire children to read or help calm and ease fears before a 'scary' medical procedure. Visits also benefit family members and professional care-givers in addition to the 'patient' or 'client'. 
Some teams work alongside professionals such as Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists doing Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). Before they interact with patients specific therapeutic goals for each session are identified. This could be encouraging someone recovering from a stroke to walk 3 minutes (its always more fun to walk a dog than just feel the pain in each step of walking as a means of therapy), or it could be helping a patient after a traumatic brain injury learn to speak again by having the patient give a dog commands such as sit, fetch, or bark. Learn more about AAT on the Pet Partners website.
Please Note: Therapy Animals are NOT Service Animals. A Service Animal as defined by the American with Disabilities Act is “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability”. Service Animals are allowed in public places such as restaurants, retail stores, etc. Therapy Animals are NOT entitled to this same privilege. To learn more about Service Animals visit the Handi-Dogs and Pet Partners  national websites.
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Therapy Animals 
Serving our Community
What‘s Next???

You PASSED the evaluation!! You are so anxious to start visiting, but where? What facilities are available? What should I take with me on visits? Find answers to these questions and more by Pet Partners of Southern Arizona, today. When you join PPSAZ, experienced volunteers are happy to mentor you, invite you to join them on a visit (without your own therapy animal), and find the right places for your team to visit. We encourage you to join Pet Partners of Southern Arizona, a community partner with the national organization. These are some of the benefits you will enjoy. Click here for information on joining.

   PPSAZ Support for Pet Partner Volunteers           PPSAZ Member     Non-Member

Discounted Pet Partners Renewal/Registration Fee              X
  Members pay the Community Partner rate offered  
  by the national Pet Partners association. 

* 1st time Pet Partners are helped to find a facility to                 X
  visit and mentoring/shadowing opportunities to 
  assist on first visit. 

* Receive eNewsletter including helpful "knowledge                  X
  sharing" information from other Pet Partner Teams.
* Access to Members Only page on PPSAZ website.                X

* Learn about new and existing facilities looking                                             
  for PPSAZ Pet Partner Teams through eNewsletter                X                  contacted only
  and Help Wanted Webpage                                                                          if help is needed                                                                         
 * Opportunity to help at PPSAZ information booths                  X                  contacted only         and do presentations about Pet Partners at local                                        if help is needed  
   events/fairs/community event.

 * Invitations to social events and educational                           X
   opportunities sponsored by PPSAZ

 * Special Visiting Opportunities managed by PPSAZ               X                  contacted only           (such as: special read-to-a-dog events, finals                                             if help is needed       destressing at U of A, Pima Community College

  * Free local evaluations                                                            X                            X 

 * Opportunity to purchase color PPSAZ Trading Cards            X
   Check "Members Only" page for details
Click below to hear Diane Alexander and Susan Tiss podcast on Pet Talk Radio Show FM104.1 on November 11, 2017.

2018 PPSAZ Leadership Team

Members are always welcome at board meetings

  Diane Alexander- President
  Jackie Theodorakis  VP
  Christine Craig - Secretary & Membership
  Julie Darling  - Treasurer
  Jeremy Brown 
  Mary Jan Bancroft - Read To A Dog
  Carolyn Chilcote - Fundraising
  Judi Davis - Website
  Linda Grim - Evaluation Coordinator & Mentoring
  Jan Hutchinson - U of A Liaison
  Diane Korn - Trading Cards
  Cindy Mayo - Facilities
  Barb Sinclair - Facilities
  Lynn Roberts 
  Diane Robles - Technology

Interested in joining the leadership team? 
Email Diane Alexander


From Susan Tiss:

"One of the hardest things to do sometimes, is to be the best advocate we can for our dogs when what they want and need is different from we want ourselves.

While I want to keep doing therapy work - my partner, Ruairi no longer enjoys the work as he once did.  He has sent me gentle but increasingly obvious signals over the last few months. It is time for me to listen to him!

So, after 7 years of service Ruairi is retiring!"  

Thank you, Susan and Ruairi for your service as well as your valuable advice to listen to our precious therapy animals with our hearts.

Enroll in Fry's Community Rewards Program benefiting PPSAZ
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PPSAZ is participating in the 2018 Jim Click Raffle.Contact Jeremy Brown to purchase tickets starting at just $25. Click here for more details on the Ford Explorer Platinum being given away.

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